Beulah Day Dock


Since the 1880s, the small community of Beulah has hugged the eastern shoreline of Crystal Lake – considered to be one of northern Michigan’s premiere vacationland gems. Early on, a long dock extended from Beulah Beach, beckoning vacationers, cottage owners from around the lake’s perimeter, and residents of Frankfort to visit Beulah by boat. Details of those times are wonderfully described in the adjacent inset, excerpted from the book  – Waiting for the Morning Train – written by Benzie County’s esteemed native son and Pulitzer Prize Award winning historian & author, Bruce Catton. The advent of the car and building of roadways changed how people came to Beulah. Sadly at some point the long dock and all it imported into Beulah disappeared – thought never to return.

 ‘Build It & They Will Come’

Build it and they will come.’  An initiative – sponsored by Beulah Boosters, Inc. – installed a new Day Dock at the downtown beach.  An anonymous Booster generously loaned the organization funds to purchase the dock, which was then gifted to the Village of Beulah by Beulah Boosters, Inc. in June 2010. The handsome new eight-slip, 100-foot day dock was installed on Crystal Lake’s Beulah waterfront in early August 2010. At the time, this historic event was marked by a special CELEBRATE THE DAY DOCK & PIG ROAST. Over 400 people stood on the beach for the dock dedication and stayed to enjoy a delicious Beulah Booster Pig Roast, setting the stage for an annual event.

As in the past, people flock to the dock’s benches that lend a peaceful spot for viewing the incomparable and beautiful summer sunsets over the northern & western highlands surrounding Crystal Lake.  From late April through October, the day dock secures the canoes, kayaks and motorboats tied up by folks who have traveled across the  lake to enjoy all that Beulah has to offer in the way of restaurants; lounges; art galleries & framing stores; delicatessens; coffee shops, ice cream shops; knitting & beading shops with classes for the public; outdoor sporting goods shop, bait shop, gift & clothing & cooking supply retailers,  hairstyling salon; upholstery services; a copy shop; and professional offices for law, real estate companies, financial services, dental and orthodontic specialists, land survey firm, title insurance & companies, county soil conservation office – to name a few.