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


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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Township Message & Notice Board
Photos provided by Carol Spritzer and Dana Vannoy

Regionally, the Township of Elk Rapids and the Village of Elk Rapids are within twenty minutes of Traverse City, the hub city of the area. It 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 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. 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 of the Township 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 mainly forests, lakes and wetlands. Most of the township's shore lands have been developed for residences.

   by Dana Vannoy

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 town owes most of its development to man's love of water and water's power.

by Carol Spritzer

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.

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"

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Elk Rapids Township Zip Codes
Elk Rapids, Michigan 49629
Kewadin, Michigan 49648
Williamsburg, Michigan 49690

United States Senators:
Debbie Stabenow,
Washington, D. C. 20510-2203
Phone 202-224-4822

Carl Levin, Washington, D.C. 20510
Phone: 202-224-6221


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Elk Rapids Public Schools
Demographics 2010

(231) 264-8289 - ANTRIM COUNTY
Grades: PK - 5

9039 Old 72, Williamsburg, MI 49690
 Phone: (231)267-9955 Fax: (231)267-5215
Grades PK - 5

707 E. 3RD STREET , ELK RAPIDS , MI 49629
(231) 264-8991 - ANTRIM COUNTY
Grades: 6 - 8

(231) 264-8108 - ANTRIM COUNTY
Grades: 9 - 12

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

Emergency Services - Fire & Rescue

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

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 Office
110 Grove St., Bellaire, Michigan 49615
Emergency Calls - 911
Non-Emergency Calls - 231 533-8627

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

Area Michigan State Police Posts

2089 N. Birch Street, Kalkaska, MI 49646
Phone: 231-258-4112 - Fax: 231-258-6775

218 W. 14th Street, Traverse City, MI 49684
Phone: 231-946-4646 - Fax: 231-946-9449


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