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Elk-Rapids is a lovely town in Antrim County, ideally located at the mouth of the "Chain of Lakes" and is known as a premier vacation spot for "Up North" residents who want to get away from the hustle and bustle of the cities. Elk Rapids sits at the entrance to the docks of Grace Memorial Harbor, which is one of the largest harbors on Grand Traverse Bay and contains over 200 slips. Visitors enjoy walking along the shores of the bay where they can view the large variety of watercraft along the docks. And, the sandy beaches along the Elk Rapids waterways attract swimmers, sunbathers and boaters. The town is also just minutes from several beautiful golf courses and the hiking and biking trails of Williamsburg. Wintertime brings cross-country skiing and snowmobile enthusiasts to Elk Rapids, and there are two new public ice rinks in the downtown district. Elk Rapids Village offers visitors a slow pace and unique shops and restaurants to explore, as well as a wide variety of lodging choices. Also, another interesting place to visit while in Elk Rapids is the Guntzviller's Spirit of the Woods Museum, which features American Indian artifacts and dioramas of North American mammals and fish.

Surrounding areas: Elk Lake, Michigan (3.0 mi), Old Mission, Michigan (5.8 mi), Bellaire, Michigan (11.5 mi), Torch Lake, Michigan (12.6 mi), Suttons Bay, Michigan (12.9 mi), Traverse City, Michigan (13.7 mi), Spider Lake, Michigan (15.7 mi)

Elk Rapids Vacation Rentals

Elk Rapids Hotels and Resorts

Hotels & Motels
Elk Rapids Beach Resort8975 N Bayshore DrElk Rapids, MI (231) 264-6400
Torch Timbers Inn9260 Se Torch LK DrAlden, MI6.7 mi.(231) 331-4050
Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites3536 Mt Hope RdAcme, MI9.7 mi.(231) 938-2600
Sleep Inn And Suites5520 US 31 NAcme, MI9.7 mi.(231) 938-7000
Shanty CreekOne Shanty Creek RdBellaire, MI11.3 mi.(231) 533-8621
Days Inn And Suites Traverse City420 Munson AveTraverse City, MI12.6 mi.(231) 941-0208
Travelodge & Suites-traverse City460 Munson AveTraverse City, MI12.6 mi.(231) 947-5436
Traverse Victorian Inn461 Munson AveTraverse City, MI12.6 mi.(231) 947-5525
Best Western Four Seasons305 Munson AveTraverse City, MI12.7 mi.(231) 946-8424
Bayshore Resort833 E Front StTraverse City, MI13.2 mi.(231) 935-4400
Americinn Motel & Suites1614 US 31 NorthTraverse City, MI13.9 mi.(231) 938-0288
Baymont Inn & Suites2326 North US 31 SouthTraverse City, MI13.9 mi.(231) 933-4454
Econo Lodge1065 M 37 STraverse City, MI13.9 mi.(231) 943-3040
Fairfield Inn By Marriott--Traverse City3701 N County DrTraverse City, MI13.9 mi.(231) 922-7900
Grand Beach Resort Hotel1683 N US Hwy 31 NTraverse City, MI13.9 mi.(231) 938-4455
Great Wolf Lodge3575 N Hwy US 31 STraverse City, MI13.9 mi.(231) 941-3600
Hampton Inn - Traverse City100 US 31 NTraverse City, MI13.9 mi.(231) 946-8900
Hampton Inn1000 US 31 NorthTraverse City, MI13.9 mi.(231) 946-8900
Knights Inn1941 US 31 NTraverse City, MI13.9 mi.(231) 938-1900
Quality Inn1492 US 31 NTraverse City, MI13.9 mi.(231) 929-4423
Sugar Beach Resort Hotel1773 N US Hwy 31 NTraverse City, MI13.9 mi.(231) 938-0100
Sugar Beach Resort Hotel1773 US 31 NTraverse City, MI13.9 mi.(231) 938-0100
Super 8 Motel1870 N US Hwy 31 NTraverse City, MI13.9 mi.(231) 938-1887
Traverse Bay Inn2300 N US Hwy 31 NTraverse City, MI13.9 mi.(231) 938-2646
Traverse City Courtyard3615 W S Airport RdTraverse City, MI13.9 mi.(231) 929-1800
Century Farms2421 N Jacobson RdSuttons Bay, MI14.0 mi.(231) 271-2421
Park Place Hotel300 E State StTraverse City, MI14.0 mi.(231) 946-5000
Econo Lodge703 N Cedar StKalkaska, MI15.9 mi.(231) 258-9119
Leelanau Country Inn149 E HBR HwyMaple City, MI22.0 mi.(616) 228-5060
The HomesteadWood RDG RdGlen Arbor, MI28.1 mi.(616) 334-5000
Water Street Inn200 Front StBoyne City, MI29.1 mi.(231) 582-3000
Bed & Breakfast
Cairn House Bed & Breakfast8160 Cairn HwyElk Rapids, MI (231) 264-8994
Deer Lake Bed & Breakfast631 E Deer LK RdBoyne City, MI29.4 mi.(231) 582-9039

Elk Rapids 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 Rapids Map & Transportation

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The closest airports in the area are the Cherry Capital airport (TVC) located about 13 miles southwest of Elk Rapids in Traverse City, Michigan, the Otsego County airport (GLR) located approximately 35 miles east of Elk Rapids in Gaylord, Michigan, the Pellston Regional Of Emmet County airport (PLN) located roughly 55 miles northeast of Elk Rapids in Pellston, Michigan, and finally the Manistee County Blacker airport (MBL) located around 59 miles southwest of Elk Rapids in Manistee, Michigan.

Elk Rapids Attractions

Golf Courses
Elk Rapids Golf CourseElk RapidsMI 
High Pointe Golf ClubWilliamsburgMI8.8 mi.
Bellaire Golf ClubBellaireMI11.5 mi.
Chief Golf CourseBellaireMI11.5 mi.
Farm Golf ClubBellaireMI11.5 mi.
Hawks Eye Golf ClubBellaireMI11.5 mi.
Bay Meadows Golf CourseTraverse CityMI13.7 mi.
Crown Golf CourseTraverse CityMI13.7 mi.
Elmbrook Golf CourseTraverse CityMI13.7 mi.
Mitchell Creek Golf CourseTraverse CityMI13.7 mi.
Veronica Valley Golf CourseLake LeelanauMI15.7 mi.
Grandview Golf ClubKalkaskaMI15.9 mi.
Timber Wolf Golf ClubKalkaskaMI15.9 mi.
Twin Birch Golf ClubKalkaskaMI15.9 mi.
Lakes of the North Deer Run Golf CourseMancelonaMI17.2 mi.
Windmill Farm of MancelonaMancelonaMI17.2 mi.
Cedar Hills Golf CourseTraverse CityMI18.4 mi.
Antrim Dells Golf ClubEllsworthMI20.0 mi.
Mallard Golf ClubEast JordanMI22.5 mi.
Ye Nyne Olde HollesEast JordanMI22.5 mi.
Mistwood Golf CourseLake AnnMI24.4 mi.
Interlochen Golf ClubInterlochenMI24.7 mi.
Belvedere Golf ClubCharlevoixMI29.9 mi.
Charlevoix Country ClubCharlevoixMI29.9 mi.
Charlevoix Golf CourseCharlevoixMI29.9 mi.
Dunmaglas Golf CourseCharlevoixMI29.9 mi.
Ski Areas
Shanty CreekBellaireMI11.3 mi.
Sugar Loaf ResortCedarMI19.2 mi.
The Homestead ResortGlen ArborMI28.1 mi.
Boyne USA ResortsBoyne FallsMI30.6 mi.
Crystal MountainThompsonvilleMI36.9 mi.
Treetops SylvanGaylordMI37.1 mi.
Nubs NobHarbor SpringsMI42.2 mi.
Caberfae Peaks Ski & Golf ResortCadillacMI44.6 mi.
Riverview HighlandsRiverviewMI100.8 mi.
Apple MountainFreelandMI114.3 mi.
State Parks
Traverse City State ParkMI12.8 mi. 
Interlochen State ParkMI25.7 mi. 
Young State ParkMI29.3 mi. 
D H Day State ParkMI29.8 mi. 
Otsego Lake State ParkMI35.8 mi. 
Hartwick Pines State ParkMI37.9 mi. 
Dennos Museum CenterTraverse CityMI13.9 mi.(Multidisciplinary)

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