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Elk-Lake is a resort lake that is part of the "Chain of Lakes" (or "Chain 'O Lakes") located in northwest Michigan. This particular lake is about 12 miles northeast of Traverse City, and measures 9 miles long and 2 miles wide. It drains into the east arm of Grand Traverse Bay through the Elk River. Whitewater Township Park is located at Elk Lake and includes two boat ramps and a loading dock, and will accommodate almost any size boat. Game fish found in the lake includes trout, rock bass, yellow perch, small mouth bass, northern pike, rainbow trout and whitefish. Elk Lake is situated at the lower end of the Chain of Lakes, where visitors can boat through over 30 miles of navigable waters that features several bodies of water including Lake Skegemog, Clam Lake, Lake Bellaire. St. Clair Lake and Six Mile Lake are included in the upper portion of the Chain 'O Lakes. Other nearby activities include golf, hiking, biking, tennis, horseback riding and cross-country skiing and snowmobiling. The nearby town of Elk Rapids sits at the entrance of Grace Memorial Harbor, which is one of the largest harbors on Grand Traverse Bay. This bustling city offers a wide variety of lodging choices, along with unique shops and restaurants. A visit to the Guntzviller's Spirit of the Woods Museum, which features American Indian artifacts, is a worthwhile activity on rainy days.

Surrounding areas: Elk Rapids, Michigan (3.0 mi), Old Mission, Michigan (8.7 mi), Bellaire, Michigan (11.9 mi), Kalkaska, Michigan (13.1 mi), Traverse City, Michigan (13.2 mi), Spider Lake, Michigan (13.6 mi), Torch Lake, Michigan (15.0 mi)

Elk Lake Vacation Rentals

Elk Lake Hotels and Resorts

Hotels & Motels
Elk Rapids Beach Resort8975 N Bayshore DrElk Rapids, MI3.4 mi.(231) 264-6400
Torch Timbers Inn9260 Se Torch LK DrAlden, MI5.5 mi.(231) 331-4050
Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites3536 Mt Hope RdAcme, MI8.4 mi.(231) 938-2600
Sleep Inn And Suites5520 US 31 NAcme, MI8.4 mi.(231) 938-7000
Shanty CreekOne Shanty Creek RdBellaire, MI11.9 mi.(231) 533-8621
Days Inn And Suites Traverse City420 Munson AveTraverse City, MI11.9 mi.(231) 941-0208
Travelodge & Suites-traverse City460 Munson AveTraverse City, MI11.9 mi.(231) 947-5436
Traverse Victorian Inn461 Munson AveTraverse City, MI11.9 mi.(231) 947-5525
Best Western Four Seasons305 Munson AveTraverse City, MI12.0 mi.(231) 946-8424
Bayshore Resort833 E Front StTraverse City, MI12.7 mi.(231) 935-4400
Econo Lodge703 N Cedar StKalkaska, MI13.1 mi.(231) 258-9119
Americinn Motel & Suites1614 US 31 NorthTraverse City, MI13.4 mi.(231) 938-0288
Baymont Inn & Suites2326 North US 31 SouthTraverse City, MI13.4 mi.(231) 933-4454
Econo Lodge1065 M 37 STraverse City, MI13.4 mi.(231) 943-3040
Fairfield Inn By Marriott--Traverse City3701 N County DrTraverse City, MI13.4 mi.(231) 922-7900
Grand Beach Resort Hotel1683 N US Hwy 31 NTraverse City, MI13.4 mi.(231) 938-4455
Great Wolf Lodge3575 N Hwy US 31 STraverse City, MI13.4 mi.(231) 941-3600
Hampton Inn - Traverse City100 US 31 NTraverse City, MI13.4 mi.(231) 946-8900
Hampton Inn1000 US 31 NorthTraverse City, MI13.4 mi.(231) 946-8900
Knights Inn1941 US 31 NTraverse City, MI13.4 mi.(231) 938-1900
Quality Inn1492 US 31 NTraverse City, MI13.4 mi.(231) 929-4423
Sugar Beach Resort Hotel1773 N US Hwy 31 NTraverse City, MI13.4 mi.(231) 938-0100
Sugar Beach Resort Hotel1773 US 31 NTraverse City, MI13.4 mi.(231) 938-0100
Super 8 Motel1870 N US Hwy 31 NTraverse City, MI13.4 mi.(231) 938-1887
Traverse Bay Inn2300 N US Hwy 31 NTraverse City, MI13.4 mi.(231) 938-2646
Traverse City Courtyard3615 W S Airport RdTraverse City, MI13.4 mi.(231) 929-1800
Park Place Hotel300 E State StTraverse City, MI13.6 mi.(231) 946-5000
Century Farms2421 N Jacobson RdSuttons Bay, MI16.7 mi.(231) 271-2421
Leelanau Country Inn149 E HBR HwyMaple City, MI23.2 mi.(616) 228-5060
The HomesteadWood RDG RdGlen Arbor, MI29.6 mi.(616) 334-5000
Bed & Breakfast
Cairn House Bed & Breakfast8160 Cairn HwyElk Rapids, MI3.8 mi.(231) 264-8994

Elk Lake Weather & Climate

Four very distinct seasons with a lake effect that is quite strong during much of the year describes the climate of Michigan's northern region. The lake effect increases cloudiness during late fall and winter, and also modifies the temperatures - keeping things cooler in the summer. The "Chain of Lakes Region" in northwest Michigan sees a lot of moisture throughout the year in the form of showers and thunderstorms during the summer and snow and ice during the winter. In winter, the humidity from the lake condenses as snow when it reaches land, creating quite heavy snowfalls in some areas. During the winter, the temperature of the lakes continues to drop, and ice sometimes covers portions of the lakes. Summers are warm, but periods of extreme heat and humidity are infrequent.

     Month       High Temp   Low Temp   Rainfall   Ocean Temp 
January 27°F 13°F 1.42 in. -
February 29°F 12°F 0.78 in. -
March 38°F 19°F 1.50 in. -
April 50°F 29°F 2.27 in. -
May 64°F 40°F 2.33 in. -
June 73°F 49°F 2.94 in. -
July 78°F 55°F 2.51 in. -
August 76°F 54°F 3.48 in. -
September 68°F 47°F 3.84 in. -
October 56°F 37°F 2.88 in. -
November 43°F 28°F 2.05 in. -
December 32°F 19°F 1.53 in. -

Elk Lake Map & Transportation

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The closest airports in the area are the Cherry Capital airport (TVC) located about 12 miles southwest of Elk Lake in Traverse City, Michigan, the Otsego County airport (GLR) located approximately 34 miles east of Elk Lake in Gaylord, Michigan, the Pellston Regional Of Emmet County airport (PLN) located roughly 56 miles northeast of Elk Lake in Pellston, Michigan, and finally the Manistee County Blacker airport (MBL) located around 58 miles southwest of Elk Lake in Manistee, Michigan.

Elk Lake Attractions

Golf Courses
Elk Rapids Golf CourseElk RapidsMI3.0 mi.
High Pointe Golf ClubWilliamsburgMI6.2 mi.
Bellaire Golf ClubBellaireMI11.9 mi.
Chief Golf CourseBellaireMI11.9 mi.
Farm Golf ClubBellaireMI11.9 mi.
Hawks Eye Golf ClubBellaireMI11.9 mi.
Grandview Golf ClubKalkaskaMI13.1 mi.
Timber Wolf Golf ClubKalkaskaMI13.1 mi.
Twin Birch Golf ClubKalkaskaMI13.1 mi.
Bay Meadows Golf CourseTraverse CityMI13.2 mi.
Crown Golf CourseTraverse CityMI13.2 mi.
Elmbrook Golf CourseTraverse CityMI13.2 mi.
Mitchell Creek Golf CourseTraverse CityMI13.2 mi.
Lakes of the North Deer Run Golf CourseMancelonaMI16.0 mi.
Windmill Farm of MancelonaMancelonaMI16.0 mi.
Veronica Valley Golf CourseLake LeelanauMI18.1 mi.
Cedar Hills Golf CourseTraverse CityMI18.4 mi.
Antrim Dells Golf ClubEllsworthMI21.9 mi.
Mallard Golf ClubEast JordanMI23.8 mi.
Ye Nyne Olde HollesEast JordanMI23.8 mi.
Interlochen Golf ClubInterlochenMI23.9 mi.
Mistwood Golf CourseLake AnnMI24.4 mi.
Ski Areas
Shanty CreekBellaireMI11.9 mi.
Sugar Loaf ResortCedarMI20.3 mi.
The Homestead ResortGlen ArborMI29.6 mi.
Boyne USA ResortsBoyne FallsMI31.2 mi.
Crystal MountainThompsonvilleMI36.2 mi.
Treetops SylvanGaylordMI36.5 mi.
Caberfae Peaks Ski & Golf ResortCadillacMI42.0 mi.
Nubs NobHarbor SpringsMI43.9 mi.
Riverview HighlandsRiverviewMI98.4 mi.
Apple MountainFreelandMI111.3 mi.
State Parks
Traverse City State ParkMI11.6 mi. 
Interlochen State ParkMI24.8 mi. 
Young State ParkMI30.6 mi. 
D H Day State ParkMI31.3 mi. 
Otsego Lake State ParkMI34.7 mi. 
Hartwick Pines State ParkMI35.9 mi. 
Dennos Museum CenterTraverse CityMI13.4 mi.(Multidisciplinary)

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