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Frankfort lies on the eastern shore of Lake Michigan in northwest lower Michigan. The town of Frankfort and the community of Elberta together encompass the historic sailing harbor of Betsie Bay.This area has some of the most beautiful scenery in Michigan, with sandy beaches, sparkling lake and beautifully maintained coastline. Frankfort has seven full service marinas with over 400 boat slips, and the fishing and boating are superb. Fishing charters are available for Lake Michigan, and "driftboat" river charters are available on the Betsie, Platte and Manistee Rivers. Other nearby activities includes swimming, hiking, and golf, cross-country and downhill skiing. The beautiful tree lined streets of Frankfort are filled with unique shops and restaurants and several marinas are within walking distance of downtown. Frankfort is also considered the gateway to the "Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore." In Autumn there are special Fall color tours of the surrounding hills and valleys, and there are numerous festivals and special events throughout the year. The peaceful Lake Michigan port town of Frankfort is an undiscovered gem where you can be as active as you wish, or just relax and enjoy the views.

Surrounding areas: Beulah, Michigan (7.1 mi), Arcadia, Michigan (7.8 mi), Empire, Michigan (15.0 mi), Bear Lake, Michigan (15.3 mi), Thompsonville, Michigan (16.4 mi), Glen Arbor, Michigan (17.5 mi), Onekama, Michigan (18.7 mi)

Frankfort Vacation Rentals

Frankfort Hotels and Resorts

Hotels & Motels
Harbor Lights Motel15 Second StFrankfort, MI (231) 352-5614
Best Western - Scenic Hill Resort1400 US 31 HwyBeulah, MI7.1 mi.(231) 882-7754
Crystal Beach Resort222 CTR StBeulah, MI7.1 mi.(231) 882-7229
Crystal Mountain12500 Crystal Mountain DrThompsonville, MI14.4 mi.(800) 968-7686
The HomesteadWood RDG RdGlen Arbor, MI22.0 mi.(616) 334-5000
Leelanau Country Inn149 E HBR HwyMaple City, MI24.1 mi.(616) 228-5060
Manistee Microtel226 E Parkdale AveManistee, MI25.4 mi.(231) 398-0008
Days Inn - Manistee1462 US 31 SManistee, MI27.3 mi.(231) 723-8385
Manistee Inn378 Riv StManistee, MI27.3 mi.(231) 723-4000

Frankfort Weather & Climate

The lake effect is quite strong on the northwest area of Lower Michigan near the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Park. This area has a distinct four-season climate, although Lake Michigan helps modify temperatures, keeping them cooler in late spring and early summer, and warmer during late fall and winter. Showers and thunderstorms are common in spring and summer, and precipitation is generally evenly distributed during the crop season of April through September, receiving an average of 17.45 inches of rain during that time. The lake also acts as a giant humidifier, increasing moisture content in the air throughout the year. However, extremely hot and humid summer days are not that common and don't last long in this part of the state. Snowfall varies greatly from season to season.

     Month       High Temp   Low Temp   Rainfall   Ocean Temp 
January 28°F 16°F 2.77 in. -
February 31°F 17°F 1.98 in. -
March 39°F 24°F 2.34 in. -
April 51°F 34°F 2.58 in. -
May 64°F 44°F 2.65 in. -
June 73°F 53°F 3.22 in. -
July 78°F 59°F 3.04 in. -
August 76°F 59°F 3.45 in. -
September 68°F 52°F 4.13 in. -
October 57°F 42°F 3.26 in. -
November 44°F 32°F 2.98 in. -
December 32°F 22°F 2.80 in. -

Frankfort Map & Transportation

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The closest airports in the area are the Manistee County Blacker airport (MBL) located about 24 miles south of Frankfort in Manistee, Michigan, the Cherry Capital airport (TVC) located approximately 32 miles east of Frankfort in Traverse City, Michigan, the Mason County airport (LDM) located roughly 47 miles south of Frankfort in Ludington, Michigan, the Wexford County airport (CAD) located around 47 miles southeast of Frankfort in Cadillac, Michigan, and finally the Antrim County airport (ACB) located about 56 miles east of Frankfort in Bellaire, Michigan.

Frankfort Attractions

Amusement and Theme Parks
Funland Amusement ParkShelby TownshipMI71.4 mi.
Bay Beach Amusement ParkGreen BayWI88.2 mi.
Water Parks
Michigan's Wild Water Adventure Water ParkMuskegonMI96.7 mi.
Splash Family Water ParkGrand RapidsMI118.8 mi.
Golf Courses
Frankfort Golf CourseFrankfortMI 
Crystal Lake Golf ClubBeulahMI2.1 mi.
Champion HillBenzoniaMI7.2 mi.
Pinecroft Golf PlantationBenzoniaMI7.7 mi.
Arcadia Bluffs Golf CourseArcadiaMI7.8 mi.
Dunes Golf ClubEmpireMI15.0 mi.
Chestnut Hills Golf CourseBear LakeMI15.3 mi.
County Highlands Golf CourseBear LakeMI15.3 mi.
Heathlands Golf CourseOnekamaMI18.7 mi.
Mistwood Golf CourseLake AnnMI20.3 mi.
West Shore Golf ClubDouglasMI21.7 mi.
Interlochen Golf ClubInterlochenMI23.4 mi.
Cedar Hills Golf CourseTraverse CityMI26.2 mi.
Fox Hills Golf CourseManisteeMI27.5 mi.
Manistee Golf & Country ClubManisteeMI27.5 mi.
Ski Areas
Crystal MountainThompsonvilleMI16.3 mi.
The Homestead ResortGlen ArborMI22.0 mi.
Sugar Loaf ResortCedarMI26.1 mi.
Caberfae Peaks Ski & Golf ResortCadillacMI48.9 mi.
Shanty CreekBellaireMI55.6 mi.
Boyne USA ResortsBoyne FallsMI74.4 mi.
Treetops SylvanGaylordMI81.2 mi.
Nubs NobHarbor SpringsMI82.0 mi.
Riverview HighlandsRiverviewMI86.9 mi.
Pando Ski CenterRockfordMI109.9 mi.
Cannonsburg Ski AreaCannonsburgMI115.6 mi.
State Parks
D H Day State ParkMI20.6 mi. 
Interlochen State ParkMI23.4 mi. 
Orchard Beach State ParkMI24.7 mi. 
Traverse City State ParkMI34.4 mi. 
Dennos Museum CenterTraverse CityMI31.5 mi.(Multidisciplinary)
Zoos and Aquariums
North Eastern Wisconsin ZooGreen BayWI88.2 mi.

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