Elk Rapids, Michigan 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. It is bounded on the east almost entirely by Elk Lake and, in total, is only a little over seven square miles of territory.
The incorporated Village of Elk Rapids divides the township in two, the northern section containing most of Bass Lake and Birch Lake within its area. The high lands in the southern portion of the township are covered with fruit orchards and the northern end is mainly forests, lakes and wetlands. Most of the township's shore lands have been developed for residences.
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. Memorial Park and Antrim County Day Park each offer several hundred feet of sandy shoreline for swimming and relaxing along the east arm of Grand Traverse Bay.
The community and people of Elk Rapids are 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.
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