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Project Updates

  • The Village of Elk Rapids is currently accepting bids from engineering firms to provide preliminary design services for the phase of trail between Acme Township and Elk Rapids. Design for this 13 mile section of trail between Acme Township and Williams Rd. in Elk Rapids Township will address the social and physical opportunities and constraints of the trail and provide opportunities for public input into the process. To view the full Request for Proposal, click here.
  • Funding has been committed to begin trail planning at Fisherman's Island State Park. Through the generosity of both public and private partners, $80,000 has been either secured or pledged, including a $50,000 pledge from the Michigan DNR for preliminary design through the park. We are optimistic we will soon have sufficient funding to cover the costs for preliminary design for this section of trail.
  • Thanks to the support of a group of local Elk Rapids residents who are excited about the prospect of a non-motorized trail from Traverse City to Charlevoix, funds are currently being raised to help pay for preliminary design between Maple Bay and Elk Rapids. There are many steps to the process of trail development, and if this campaign is successful, planning and public input can begin to help make a trail that will serve the community and visitors alike.
  • On August 8, 2017, a trail update was presented to the Elk Rapids Township Board of Trustees at their regular meeting. Trustees were updated on the process to bring a trail plan together from Maple Bay to Elk Rapids. While the board ultimately decided not to help fund trail planning in the immediate future, there was a high turnout of public support during public comment, and trail planners will continue to work on moving the project forward.
  • On April 6, 2017 a meeting was hosted by Lon Bargy with farmers, land owners and TART Trails in attendance to discuss agricultural issues and the trail development processes. View the worksheet here‚Äč
  • Acme Township was successfully awarded a DNR Trust Fund grant to improve North Bayside Park and construct the first segment of the Traverse City to Charlevoix Trail within the park. Construction for this trail segment is planned for spring 2018.
  • A very generous donation to TART Trails was matched 1:1 for trail engineering and construction from North Bayside Park through Deepwater Natural Area. The Deepwater Natural Area trail segment will be constructed with North Bayside park in spring 2018.
  • Elk Rapids is in the process of seeking funds to begin preliminary design for the Traverse City to Charlevoix Trail between Elk Rapids and Maple Bay Park.
  • The DNR approved the Fisherman's Island General Management Plan which recommends further study of a trail corridor within the park. Read more at
  • TART Trails and Top of Michigan Trails Council are working on developing a coordinated strategy to tackle the logistics of private support for the trail development and long term maintenance .
  • Two working groups supporting trail efforts have formed: Elk Rapids and Acme. Charlevoix has also formed a working group in support of the trail.
  • Resolutions of support have been gathered from 27 local organizations and local units of government.
  • TART Trails was awarded a DALMAC grant to help launch pilot project efforts in Elk Rapids and AcmeTownship. TART Trails is currently seeking matching funds to help kick this effort off.