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Improvements planned for Elk Rapids Rotary Park

Paddle Antrim is working with the Village of Elk Rapids to design improvements to Rotary Park. This project will include identified improvements and provide opportunities for community input.  “Improvements to Rotary Park, including a kayak launch, were identified in the Village of Elk Rapids’ Recreation Survey in 2017,” says Caroline Kennedy, Elk Rapids Assistant Village Manager. “We appreciate Paddle Antrim’s support in securing the funding for this project and look forward to working with the entire community to better utilize this beautiful park.”

Paddle Antrim is leading the development of the Chain of Lakes Water Trail and Rotary Park is a key access site for the water trail. This water trail is one of eight state-designated water trails and the only one in Northern Michigan. Paddlers can explore over 80 miles of trail through sixteen different lakes and rivers, providing a variety of different paddling experiences for all levels. “The Village of Elk Rapids is a key community on the Chain of Lakes Water Trail and Rotary Park is the ideal location for paddlers to begin or end a quality paddling experience, “says Deana Jerdee, Paddle Antrim Executive Director.  “We are excited to work with the Village and other partners to make improvements, including a universal kayak launch to assist those with varying levels of mobility be able to access the water.  This project would not be possible without the generous support of many organizations.” 

Generous funding for this project was provided by Elk Skegemog Lakes Association, Elk Rapids Rotary Club, Community Foundation, Village of Elk Rapids, Disability Network Northern Michigan, Gourdie-Frasier & Associates and individual Elk Rapids Rotarians. “Elk Skegemog Lakes Association is proud to support the improvement of access to our waterways.  We support Paddle Antrim’s water trail efforts and inclusion of stewardship of our resources as part of the trail,” says Mary Beth Kazanski, President of the Elk Skegemog Lakes Association. 

For more information on this project contact Paddle Antrim directly at info@paddleantrim.com or 231-492-0171 or go online at www.paddleantrim.com. 

Because of Water – Elk Rapids Rotary Park

There’s a lot of great things that are happening in Northern Michigan related to water and one group is helping to tell a little of the story.

A dedicated group of individuals from Elk Rapids including the Rotary, Parks and Recreation Commission, Historical Society and local businesses are making history come to life by explaining the history of the area’s relationship with the waterways.  When headed south on  US-31 through Elk Rapids, the first thing you will notice in Rotary Park is the absolutely amazing map showing the region’s lakes which takes up the building’s entire north wall.  Storyboards have be installed in the pavilion’s interior and more are being installed on the outside.  They tell the stories of the river’s stumps, local shipwrecks, and more.  We are excited there is even one with Paddle Antrim Festival route.

In addition to the wonderful information and great pavilion for picnics or resting, there’s a great kayak launch with parking.  This is a great place for paddlers to learn about the area and launch for a trip through Elk Lake.  Next time you are in the area, make sure to stop by and check this great little spot out.