The Township of Elk Rapids - Antrim County, Michigan 49629
"A Small Community of Dedicated Families Working Together for a Better Living"

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Elk Rapids Township, Inc.

315 Bridge Street, PO Box 365, Elk Rapids, Michigan 49629
Phone: (231) 264-9333 |  Fax: (231) 264-6676   
Email: Twp @

Township Office Hours: Monday-Friday  9:00am-3:00pm
Closed Saturday & Sunday

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GPS:  44' 54' 09" N 85' 25' 04" W 161

Township Important Messages
& Notice Board

Photos provided by Carol Spritzer and Dana Vannoy

Getting to Elk Rapids Township & Village By Air is very easy with flights arriving daily into Traverse City 's Northern Michigan‚€™s regional airport ‚€“ Cherry Capital (TVC). Airlines servicing the regional area are American, Delta, and United. Delta Airline also provides several weekly non-stop flights between Traverse City's Cherry Capital Airport (TVC) & New York City's LaGuardia Airport (LGA).

Regionally, the Township of Elk Rapids (which contains the Village of Elk Rapids is within twenty minutes of Traverse City, the regional hub city of the area. Elk Rapids Township borders Elk Lake, one of the Chain of Lakes of Antrim County, containing 78 miles of navigable waters, and the harbor at Elk Rapids Village, which leads to the East Arm of Grand Traverse Bay and Lake Michigan and thereafter to all the Great Lakes and their tributaries.

The Township of Elk Rapids sits on the east shore of the Grand Traverse Bay about 15 miles north of Traverse City and just over 30 miles south of Charlevoix. The Village of Elk Rapids with the Township is completely surrounded by the Township.  The Township is bounded on the east almost entirely by Elk Lake and, in total, is only a little over seven square miles of territory. The north section containing most of Bass Lake and Birch Lake and fully contains the Palmer-Wilcox-Shah Day Conservation Park on Grand Traverse Bay. The Township is located in a golfer's mecca close to many great courses. The high lands in the southern portion of the Township are covered with fruit orchards and the northern end is is mainly in forests, lakes and wetlands. Most of the Township & Village shore lands have been developed for residences.

Historic Buildings:  The Township & Village are committed to the goal of preserving the beautiful historic buildings within the Township. Two such historic buildings of major concern for preservation by residents of the Township are the 1865 Elk Rapids Village Historic Island House & Four Acre Island which was added to the State Historic Preservation Office's Registry of Historical Buildings and resides on a beautiful park-like 4 acre island bequeathed and now owned by the Village of Elk Rapids and the public. Another historic buildings of preservation concern is owned by the Township of Elk Rapids which is the historic Old Elk Rapids Town Hall building located on River Street. Of a future preservation concern is the historic lakeside Miller's Park Cottage District.

 Elk Rapids Library in the Historic Island House & Park Island
Historic 1865 Elk Rapids Island House


                       Historic Island House Bridge                                  Historic Island House Bridge                          Historic Island with Kid's Swimming Hole

Historic Elk Rapids Old Township Hall

Excellent Elk Rapids Township Fishing Opportunities: Walleye, trout, northern pike, perch, bass, black crappie, muskellunge, whitefish, northern pike, and bluegill are species found in Bass Lake, Elk Lake, and the Elk River. Sixty-nine different species of fish have been identified in the Chain-of-Lakes Watershed by the Tip of the Mitt Watershed Council. The Elk River Chain of Lakes fishery management strategy includes stocking and periodic surveying of fish populations. Brown trout, steelhead, and various species of salmon are found in Grand Traverse Bay. The Michigan Department of Resources has identified the Elk Rapids bay area as a key spawning ground for Cisco Whitefish. Many of the current recreational areas in the Township of Elk Rapids cater to recreational fishermen. Examples are the Dam Beach and Fishing Park as well as Kids Pond in the Village.

Habitats: Elk Rapids Township provides a habitat for populations of songbirds, waterfowl, shorebirds, sand hill cranes, muskrat, mink, and raccoon are provided by the wetlands and lakeshores within the Township. The predominant mammal species found in the Township of Elk Rapids are squirrel, fox, raccoon, mink, muskrat, several weasel, skunk, rabbit, deer, coyote and the occasional transient lynx, grey wolf and black bear.

ANTRIM COUNTY'S DAY PARK: When you enter Antrim County's Elk Rapids Day Park, you step into nature. After a busy day, take time to enjoy the trees, the sound of birds, the feeling of the breeze on your skin, and the smell of the earth as you unwind and recharge at the beach!.Try the park's many hiking trails or enjoy a picnic using the Deborah Wentworth Memorial Pavilion. There are also picnic tables and grills in various locations throughout the park. A bath house near the pavilion offers modern facilities in season and the parking lot is open May to October. A pedestrian entrance allows use of the park year round.

Art Rapids!, a local non-profit group, has worked with Antrim County to develop an outdoor sculpture park within the Antrim County Day Park, the "Walk of Art," that is drawing visitors from far and wide. In addition to the sculptures, Art Rapids! also hosts workshops and events in the Antrim County Day Park. Directions to the park: Located on the East Arm of Grand Traverse Bay - just outside the Village of Elk Rapids on South Bayshore Drive.

The Village of Elk Rapids is committed to providing residents, property owners, business people and visitors with an environment that promotes safe, productive, and happy lives in an efficient and caring manner. The Village is located in the southwest corner of Antrim County, bounded by East Grand Traverse Bay to the west, Elk Lake to the east, Bass Lake to the north, and a river, Elk River, runs through it. The Village owes most of its development to man's love of water and water's power.

Boaters, day trippers and sunbathers seek out Elk Rapids' sandy shores, quaint shops and unique restaurants. Although the village covers only one square mile, its forefathers have preserved its most scenic areas and dedicated them to public use areas.

Veterans Memorial Park and Antrim County Day Park each offer several hundred feet of sandy shoreline for picnics, swimming and relaxing along the east arm of Grand Traverse Bay.

photo by Carol Spritzer

Elk Rapids Harbor & Marina   The 212-plus slip harbor is considered one of the best in Michigan, and its proximity to downtown make it a perfect place to tie up for a few hours or for the entire season.

Public boat launches are located on all of the Township's lakes - Bass, Birch, Elk lakes and Grand Traverse Bay giving anglers endless chances to cast their lines for lake trout, bass, steelhead perch, whitefish and a variety of pan fish.

Handicapped-accessible piers in the harbor and the boardwalk around Kids Pond are favorite fishing spots for young and old in all seasons.

The Village & Township of Elk Rapids "Working Together for a Better Community"


  Citizens Guide to Local Gov't Finances

Michigan United States Senator
Debbie Stabenow
Hart Senate Office Bldg, Suite #731
Washington, DC 20510-2203
Phone 202-224-4822
Michigan United States Senator
Gary Peters
Hart Senate Bldg, Suite #724
Washington, DC 20510-2203
Phone: 202-224-6221

Elk Rapids Twp Zip Codes
Elk Rapids, Mi      49629
Kewadin, Mi         49648
Williamsburg, Mi  49690

Demographics 2010

Elk Rapids District Library
300 Isle of Pines, Elk Rapids, MI 49629
(231) 264-9979




ER Township Emergency Fire & Rescue

Elk Rapids Ambulance
209 Bridge Street
Elk Rapids, Mi 49629
Emergency Services - 911
Non-Emergency Calls 231-264-5841

Elk Rapids Fire Department
209 Bridge Street
Elk Rapids, Mi. 49629
Emergency Calls - 911
Non-Emergency Calls  231-264-5161


Elk Rapids Police Department
321Bridge Street
Elk Rapids, Mi. 49629
Emergency Services - 911
Business Calls - 231-264-6592
Fax line - 231-264-6593

Antrim County Sheriff's Department
110 Grove St.
Bellaire, Michigan 49615
Emergency Calls - 911
Non-Emergency Calls 231-533-8627

Area Michigan State Police Posts
Kalkaska Post #79
2089 N. Birch Street, Kalkaska, MI 49646
231-258-4112 - Fax: 231-258-6775
Traverse City Post #71
218 W. 14th Street, Traverse City, MI 49684
231-946-4646 - Fax: 231-946-9449

616 Buckley Street
Elk Rapids, Mi 49629 (Antrim County)
(231) 264-8289  Grades: PK - 5

9039 Old 72
Williamsburg, MI 49690 (Grand Traverse County)
(231)267-9955  Fax: (231)267-5215   Grades PK - 5
707 E. 3rd Street
Elk Rapids, MI 49629 (Antrim County)
(231) 264-8991  Grades: 6 - 8

308 Meguzee Point Road
Elk Rapids, MI 49629 (Antrim County)
(231) 264-8108  Grades: 9 - 12

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