Fall brings fish into the rivers of Northwest Michigan, first Coho and Chinook Salmon, and later Steelhead. Enthusiasts travel long distances to enjoy the action and the beauty of the region. One of my clients is a river guide, and had a group coming in from North Carolina last weekend.

One of the best know locations among fisherman and tourists alike is the old Homestead Dam site on the Betsie River, just East of Benzonia. Here the fish stack up before making their way through a fish ladder at the dam. It’s entertaining to watch these big fish jumping up river from one level to another.

Just upstream from the dam is The Homestead Resort on the Betsie, which features 11 units, a home with office, about 330 feet of river frontage and about 18.5 acres of land. This resort is being offered for sale by a local bank, and they’ve just reduced the price to $395,000. It is a cool opportunity for someone who wants to do their own thing, has a love of the outdoors and a friendly personality. Additionally, the resort was previously approved for condominiumization, or division into 12 separate units for individual sale. Often these types of projects are sold out, with the individual owners continuing to offer their units for rental through a manager.

The fishing has by most accounts been very good the past two years. This year had ebbs and flows, as a long period of warm dry weather in September slowed the fishing for a while, however it has taken off again with recent cooler weather and rain. Some great fish have been taken, and just south of us a world record brown trout was pulled from the Manistee River.

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