The Frankfort - Elberta area brings to mind the fabulous shipping and lumbering heritage that is what up north in Michigan means. As is so often the case in our state, the founding of Frankfort, Michigan was tied to a Great Lakes storm and a fortunate accident. Captain Snow, on a trip out of Buffalo, was caught in a storm that threatened to destroy his ship. The area was wild and unsettled and the Captain was lucky to find the entrance to the Aux Bec Scies River and clear the sandbar. Then next day he found himself in what is now Betsie Bay.
Frankfort today, is a thriving town with a variety of specialty shops, excellent restaurants, a downtown that sits on Lake Michigan and one of the finest, least known beaches in Michigan. Here is a little secret, go north out of Frankfort on M-22 to Esch Rd. and head west. You will reach Otter Creek and one of the best beaches in the Sleeping Bear Dunes.