Elberta March and Betsie Bay are very good areas to see waterfowl and shorebirds. The Benzie Audubon David Harrison Memorial Lookout and the adjacent Betsie Valley Trail provide great vantage points for observing the Betsie River delta and marsh area.
The Betsie Valley Trail stretches 22 miles from Frankfort, MI to Thompsonville, MI. The Lookout is a bird watching platform adjacent to the Betsie River bridge. It’s a great vantage point for checking out waterfowl, cranes, and a variety of shore birds that frequent the Betsie River delta and marsh area. In addition to migrating shorebirds and waterfowl, various wading birds and passerines are found here, including Sandhill Cranes, American Bitterns, Sedge Wrens and Willow Flycatchers. Peregrine Falcons, Red Knots and Whimbrels are several of the more recent rare sightings.
Directions: Park at the Betsie Valley Trailhead off of M-22 just east of Elberta or by the big anchor across the road. The David Harrison Memorial Lookout is located along the Betsie Valley Trail (south side) approximately ¼ mile south of Elberta.