Frankfort

The Frankfort GLFT-funded access site features a north breakwater and an inner pier.

The breakwater is about 1,400 feet long and features a 7 1/2-foot-wide cement cap on the long outer portion, which also has a step-down ledge to each side. Disabled anglers are confined to the center cap area. Otherwise, this outer section, which begins at a bend in the structure, is accessible except it contains no railings. For safety, the City has installed ring buoys, which it removes in winter.

The first 112 feet of the breakwater is a straight section with a concrete cap that is 15 feet wide. Beginning about 325 feet from shore, the breakwater contains heavy riprap. The outer 30 feet around the lighthouse is clear. From SAC St., a portable, wooden walkway that is not barrier-free leads 200 feet to the structure.

There are 14 spaces in the parking area on the south side of SAC Street. There are no facilities on site; however, a chemical toilet serves anglers who park in the lot at the west end of Main Street A half-mile to the east on the north shore of Lake Betsie is a municipal marina with barrier-free restrooms. A City-owned boat launch with barrier-free restrooms and a fish-cleaning station lies another quarter-mile east.

The north inner pier is about 400 feet long and varies from 11 to 14 feet wide at the top. An inside shelf 22 inches below the main surface is 40 inches wide and therefore not accessible to disabled anglers. From the beginning of the pier east to the Coast Guard Station at the Betsie Lake outlet, the top of the seawall is 40 inches wide, including a 24-inch-wide ledge. The paved lot accommodates 20 vehicles and is served by a chemical toilet.

This area features an ADA-accessible walkway along the Lake Michigan beach in Frankfort.

The facility includes three sections of walkway with free parking, restrooms, foot-wash station, swing sets, benches and educational signage.

County: Benzie

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Species:

  • Chinook Salmon
  • Coho Salmon
  • Northern Pike
  • Perch
  • Smallmouth bass
  • Trout
  • Whitefish

Amenities:

  • Barrier-Free Pier Fishing
  • Barrier-Free Restrooms
  • Barrier-Free Shore Fishing
  • Beach
  • Educational/interpretive signs
  • Fish cleaning station
  • Handicapped parking
  • Playground

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Longitude:   -86.245927
Latitude:   44.632078