Elk Rapids & Elk Lake Area Attractions

White Birch Lodge is located in one of the most beautiful, undiscovered areas in the world!

Our location on crystal clear blue Elk Lake lies at the end of the Elk River Chain of Lakes, a large watershed area including a series of breathtakingly blue lakes and streams including famous Torch Lake. Check out an aerial photograph by Jim Anderson to see the view from the sky!

Elk Lake empties through Elk River into Grand Traverse Bay in the nearby town of Elk Rapids, which offers a delightfully quaint downtown with eclectic shopping, dining, white sand beaches, and more.

The outdoor recreation is endless! Located close by are top-rate golf courses, world-class mountain biking on the VASA trail, and road cycling on quiet, hilly, country roads. Blue Ribbon trout streams, charter trips, or lake fishing offer fun for the angler in the family.

If you want to eat out, Elk Rapids and nearby Traverse City offer-up some of Michigan’s best foodie experiences. Northwest Michigan’s Grand Traverse Bay region offers endless recreational, sightseeing, and cultural opportunities. Just to the south, Traverse City offers a small-city urban experience with its downtown shopping, art, dining, and the incredible Traverse City Film Festival.

The surrounding area offers exceptional beauty including elevated views of East and West Grand Traverse Bay on the wine tasting tour of Old Mission and Leelanau Peninsulas. Miles of white sand beaches along lake Michigan, rolling forests, orchards, and vineyards abound.

Driving a bit further west, you will find Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, with miles of incredible sand dunes which overlook Lake Michigan, inclucing hiking trails, and so much more. Truly one of the most beautiful parks in the country.

Elk_River_Chain_of_Lakes_Map_US_MI.svg