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General Recreation


Charles A. Ransom Nature Preserve

A brilliant view above Lake Michigan. On the clearest of days, you can spot much of Western Charlevoix County, four islands, and the Leelanau Peninsula. The Charles A. Ransom Nature Preserve offers over a mile of trails (rated easy to moderate) that are used primarily for hiking; however, mountain biking, horseback riding, and cross country skiing are also permitted on the trails. In October, fall color viewing is exceptional here. Leashed dogs are permitted on the trail.





Elm Pointe – East Jordan

Located on M-66 where Monroe Creek meets Lake Charlevoix. The Elm Pointe property is included on the Michigan National Historic Register. The park’s beach and picnic areas are open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. May 15 – October 15. Visitors are also welcome to browse the East Jordan Portside Art and Historical Museum and Cygred Riley Art Gallery, both located on Elm Pointe.


Antrim Creek Natural Area – Atwood

This mile-long Lake Michigan beach just west of Atwood lies at the end of Rex Beach Road and down a two-track. Walk south along the beach to find where Antrim Creek spills into the big lake. 231-533-6023.


Lake Michigan Beach – Charlevoix

Spend the day at the beach, then enjoy a beautiful view of the lighthouse set against the setting sun. Walk along the white sand of the beach and search for stones along the way. This Lake Michigan beach is just a short walk from downtown Charlevoix and features wooded trails, a playground, concessions, a picnic area, and restrooms. A perfect place for recreation. Lifeguards are on duty.


Torch Lake Township Good Day Park – Eastport

Located at the crossroads of U.S. 31 and M-88. Torch Lake features two public swimming areas. At Torch Lake Township Park (south of town on U.S. 31), a pavilion, picnic tables, grills, swimming area, and boat access are available for use. On the north end of town off M-88 another swimming area and boat access are available for use.


East Jordan Tourist Park Campground & Beach

Enjoy a day spent relaxing on the beaches of Lake Charlevoix when you camp at East Jordan Tourist Park.






The Jordan River

A spectacularly scenic canoe or kayak trip, the Jordan was the first river in Michigan to be designated “wild and scenic”. The 25 mile long Jordan River features paddling sections tailored to all skill levels. The staff at Jordan River Outfitters can help find a section of the river that is right for your recreation needs. In addition, Jordan River Outfitters offers canoe and kayak rentals that are perfect for those that prefer to travel without their gear.





Fishing in Antrim County

Take advantage of the many fishing opportunities in Antrim County.


Mancelona Bass Festival

The 58th Annual Mancelona Bass Festival is slated for May 30 – June 2, 2013 in Mancelona, Michigan.


Jordan River National Fish Hatchery

The Jordan River National Fish Hatchery specializes in rearing lake trout for stocking in the Great Lakes. Take a self-guided tour or schedule a guided group tour of the hatchery.






627 A-Ga-Ming Dr.
(866) 988-0656

Charlevoix Golf and Country Club

9600 Clubhouse Dr.
(231) 547-9796

Elk Rapids Golf Club

724 Ames St.
Elk Rapids
(231) 264-8891


Shanty Creek

5780 Shanty Creek Rd.
(800) 678-4111



5731 Marion Center Rd.
(231) 547-2611

Charlevoix Golf Club

400 Fairway Dr.
(231) 547-3268

Hawk’s Eye Bellaire

2620 Hawk’s Eye Dr.
(866) 668-8181

Ye Nyne Olde Holles

6386 Ferry Rd.
(231) 582-7609


Centennial Farm

3388 Eddy School Rd.
(231) 533-6886


09031 Boyne City Rd.
(231) 547-4653

Mallard Gold Club and Driving Range

9569 Baily Rd.
East Jordan
(231) 536-3636


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