About White Birch Lodge
Nestled on crystal-blue Elk Lake in Elk Rapids, Michigan, White Birch Lodge is a family-friendly, all-inclusive resort. Visit us in the heart of northern Michigan's beautiful Grand Traverse region!
Family-owned and operated since 1958, vacations at White Birch Lodge are a tradition. Families return generation after generation to enjoy affordable, care-free vacations in a Northern Resort setting.
Let our enthusiastic, energetic college-age staff do the work while you and your family enjoy all that Northern Michigan and Elk Lake have to offer!
- Three meals a day
- Children's programs (Adult free time!)
- Evening activities and beach bonfires
- Sailing, kayaking, tubing, water skiing
- Tennis, vollyball, basketball
- Sunbathing and relaxing
- Nearby golf and shopping
- Beautiful natural setting
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White Birch Lodge History
White Birch Lodge was started by Cliff and Ruby Conrad in 1958.
The Conrads, hailing from Maumee, Ohio, had the vision of a place where familes could come to enjoy "up North" summer vacations.
Elk Lake's crystal clear blue water provided the setting, and with help from friends and young staff, they began to offer an all-inclusive, "american plan" style of vacation where the staff took care of all the work, giving parents freedom to relax and enjoy.
The lush lakefront property where the resort lies had been operated off and on as a hotel since the early 1900s. The main lodge was constructed in the late 1800s and remains the heart and soul of White Birch Lodge today.
Waterskiing and sailing became popular pasttimes on the lake, while cooks prepared three meals each day in the lakefront dining hall. The active vacationer enjoyed all the available sports activities on and off the water, while the quiet serenity of the area brought relaxation.