Lake Township, Benzie County, MI



Benzie County, Michigan, USA

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Lake Township

Benzie County
Northwestern Lower

Office Hours:

Monday: 9:00 am to 12:00 pm

Wednesday: 9:00 am to 3:00 pm

Friday: 9:00 am to 12:00 pm

Office entry is in the rear of the building.
Lake Township is in the northwest
corner of Benzie County, in the
northwestern portion of Lower

The Lake Township Hall (see red
star on map at left) is located on
M-22 just east of the bridge
crossing the Platte River. We're
roughly 35 miles north of Manistee,
and 40 miles west of Traverse City.

Phone: 231-325-5202

FAX: 231-325-4177

5153 Scenic Hwy (M-22)

Honor, MI, 49640

Lake Township Hall, Benzie County, Northwestern Lower Michigan

SPECIAL NOTICE There will be a joint meeting of the Lake Township Board and the Benzonia Township Board held on Wednesday, February 18, 2015 at 1 PM at the Lake Township Hall. The purpose of the joint meeting is to discuss the proposed extension of the shoulders on Deadstream Road in conjunction with the road work to be done in 2015.
The regular meeting of the Board of Road Commissioners of Benzie County scheduled for October 23, 2014 will be held at the Lake Township Hall at 5153 Scenic Hwy, Honor, Michigan. The meeting will begin at the regular time of 9:30 AM.
A public hearing will be held at the Lake Township Hall, 5153 Scenic Hwy, Honor, Michigan at 10:00 a.m., October 23, 2014 to receive comments regarding removing the Natural Beauty Road designation of 1.863 miles of Sutter Road, off M-22 in Lake Township.
Proposed Deadstream Road improvements To all Deadstream Road residents from Heather Jamison, Manager, Benzie County Road Commission.

As you may have heard, the Road Commission is the recipient of $1,000,000.00 for the purpose of improving 5.36 miles of Deadstream Road, made possible by the Priority Road Investment Program created under Public Act 34 of 2014. We have a signed contract with the State of Michigan and anticipate construction will take place during the 2015 construction season. Questions and concerns should be directed to Heather Jamison, Manager
via email or at 231-325-3051, ext 207.
ZONING REMINDER It has come to the attention of the Township that persons anticipating building small structures such as storage sheds, well houses, etc. are assuming that no permits are required for these structures because the State Construction Code does not require a Building Permit for structures less than 200 square feet. (This standard was recently increased from the previous 100 square feet.)

The change in Building Permit requirements has no relationship to Township Zoning Ordinance requirements. ALL STRUCTURES OF WHATEVER SIZE require a Land Use Permit from the Township Zoning Administrator. The Land Use Permit is necessary to determine and assure that the placement of any structure meet all zoning requirements, particularly setback requirements.
There is a new "Land Use Permit and Fee Schedule" which can be found on the Documents and Forms page (near the bottom).
There is a vacancy on the Planning Commission. Interested persons should contact the Office during regular office hours for more information.
Lake Township is currently looking for individuals who would like to serve as an alternate on the Township Planning Commission and an alternate to serve on the Township Zoning Board of Appeals. Interested parties should contact the Township office for more information.
Clean-up days for 2014 have been determined see the Upcoming Events page for information.
Monthly meetings dates for 2014 are now on the Meetings page.
A Planning Commission Meetings section has been added to the Meetings page.
The Lake Township Zoning Ordinance is now on the Documents and Forms page.
For details about our monthly and budget adoption meetings and the minutes from these, please see our new Meetings page.
See our new Documents and Forms page for common forms or documents you may need as a visitor or resident of the Township.
Keep an eye on the Park and Upcoming Events pages for updated information

About Us

As one of the least populated but heavily visited areas of Lower Michigan, we greatly value our many natural resources. When you visit our area you are in a true "year-round playground," Enjoy...

  • skiing, snowmobiling, and ice fishing in the winter,
  • mushroom hunting and trilliums in the spring,
  • many miles of shoreline and waterways in the summer for swimming, kayaking, and water sports,
  • and salmon fishing, color tours, and hunting in the fall. 

We work hard to maintain our undeveloped "up north" feel and preserve the natural beauty of the area while striving to provide a stable economy and maintain a high quality of life for all citizens.

Lake Township is also the gateway to the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. Approximately 10,865 acres of the Lakeshore and approximately 9.1 miles of Lake Michigan shoreline are located within the boundaries of our Township. Within the Lakeshore there are many hiking trails and other attractions. Purchase of a Lakeshore pass allows you to recreate anywhere in this National Lakeshore.

When we talk about the Park on this site, we're referring to our Lake Township Park the pride of the township, located at the mouth of the Platte River at Lake Michigan. See the Park page for more details.

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