The fun and entertainment never stops at White Birch Lodge!
Our setting on Elk Lake lets us offer endless water activities. Learn to ski or wakeboard or take your skills to the next level behind one of our MasterCraft boats! Or enjoy a quiet paddle aboard a kayak or one of our new stand-up paddle boards. Tubing every afternoon for kids and parents, sailing lessons, rafts, and canoes equal fun on the sandy shores of crystal clear blue Elk Lake!
Daily activities with the fun, friendly college-age staff for children and teens give Mom and Dad some time to hit the tennis court, take a bike ride, or just enjoy some quiet time on the beach. Shaded beachfront decks provide perfect spots for reading or checking in on the laptop with free wi-fi.
For the athletes, WBL has two tennis courts, basketball, soccer, beach volleyball, shuffleboard, bocce ball, horseshoes, and more. Yoga classes with a local instructor help loosen up the muscles and calm the mind. The fun doesn’t stop in the evening, with three events with our staff including Sports Night, the Square Dance, and a special watersports variety Ski Show every Thursday evening. From excitement to relaxation, White Birch Lodge offers something for everyone in the family.
“It meant so much to us to see our son, Nick, learn to wakeboard and waterski. He couldn’t have done it without the patience, instruction and encouragement of the White Birch Lodge staff! He can’t wait to come back!”
White Birch Lodge offers Michigan’s most extensive water sports program! From the thrill of water skiing, wakeboarding, and tubing behind our power boats to the quiet exhilaration of kayaking, sailing, or stand-up paddle, you’ll have to experience our program for yourself to see how much fun we have on the water!
Our enthusiastic waterfront staff will be in the water with you every step of the way with all the assistance and instruction you need to go from beginner to advanced! Our top-of-the-line Mastercraft ski and wakeboard boats are operated by safe, well-trained drivers. White Birch Lodge’s ideal location on beautiful Elk Lake along with the extraordinary level of service we provide ensure that your whole family will have an unforgettable time on the water!
Power Sports Package
- Power Sports Package includes: Water-skiing, Wakeboarding & Tubing (additional fee required)
- Complete package $185.00 per family member
- Tubing only $135.00 per family member
- Boat mooring $100 a week
Children’s Programs at White Birch Lodge
“At White Birch, the kids are safe and happy — able to go to kids’ activities or do their own thing — and Mom gets to be on vacation too!”
Children are a huge part of White Birch Lodge! Many of the families who return each year grew up spending their summer family vacation time with us. They will find their vacation to be much more than sightseeing… it is participation, learning and fun! Year after year kids come back to familiar friends and favorite activities!
Monday through Friday your child can join the staff for fun created for kids! Art projects, games, sandcastle building, a pontoon boat ride, sports, and nature walks are just a few of the activities they will enjoy. Children especially find White Birch to be a great vacation and love the special attention given to them by our exceptional staff.
Parents rest easy knowing that their children are in good hands with experienced staff as they sail, ski, play tennis and more!
The fun doesn’t stop at dinner time! Adults and kids look forward to evening activities as a fun time to interact with and be entertained by our staff.
Monday night’s “Sports Night” includes an adult basketball game of guests vs. staff, kids soccer, bocce ball, beanbag toss, volleyball, kickball, and supervised kids activity.
Tuesday night’s “Square Dance” features both a kids’ and adult dance including such hits as the “Chicken Dance,” “Virginia Reel,” the “Electric Slide,” and kids “dance medley,” just to name a few. Everyone enjoys cutting a rug with a live dance caller.
Thursday’s “Ski Show” will thrill and entertain as the staff performs a variety of beach and water acts to show you their skills. Slalom waterskiing, wakeboarding, barefooting, climbing acts including a pyramid, and more are all showcased as our staff directors MC you through the evening.
Many other options for evening entertainment include nightly campfire gatherings, playing pool or ping pong in the recreation hall, or enjoying the starry night skies from docks or beachfront decks. Nearby downtown Elk Rapids offers ice cream shops, movies, or night life.
There is never a dull moment at White Birch with so many fun options for recreational fun. Basketball, soccer, shuffleboard, horseshoes, tennis, beach volleyball, softball, baseball, ping-pong, billiards, and kickball are all available right on the grounds.
Kayaks and canoes are available for quiet paddles on the lake. Yoga classes are offered each week with local instructor.
For a trip around town, you can hop on one of our fleet of bicycles. You can also hit the links with many fantastic local golf courses nearby, or get your shopping fix in eclectic downtown Elk Rapids or Traverse City.
White Birch Lodge’s location on Elk Lake provides a perfect setting for sailing! Steady winds off Lake Michigan allow you to enjoy a nice cruise aboard our fleet of small, user-friendly Butterfly sailboats or our 28-foot E scow.
Lessons for sailors of all abilities with our Captain will have all ages sailing independently in no time. Sandy beaches and assistance from the waterfront staff make launching and landing a breeze.