Boardman Lake Trail Project

Click on the image to view individual segments of the trail: North End, The Narrows, NMC Region and South End.

The vision for this project is a pathway that circles Boardman Lake, granting easy access to the library, parks, residential developments, commercial areas and local businesses. The future loop around the lake will provide connection to NMC’s University Center and ultimately head along the Boardman River south of South Airport Road providing connections to the Boardman River Trail.

The Boardman Lake Trail is owned by the City of Traverse City in partnership with Grand Traverse County and Garfield Township. TART Trails works with the City, County and Township to support the development and maintenance of the Boardman Lake Trail. For trail maps & details visit the Boardman Lake Trail Page.

The map above shows the preferred conceptual route. The design was informed by extensive public input comprised of interviews, focus groups, public open houses and on-line public comment. TART Trails is working with landowners along the route as the preferred route is outside of existing easements.

Thank you for your support of this project!


We are grateful for all the community support to keep the momentum of this project going. Thanks to our partners at Garfield Township and the Traverse City Commission for approving design for West Boardman Lake Trail. We are one step closer to closing the loop. Thanks to everyone for speaking up and showing up in support of this project.

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September 2016 Update

Packet of materials included in the presentation to the Traverse City Commission and Garfield Township Board of Trustees

July 2016 Update

West Boardman Lake Trail Study Session Notes 6/6/2016

May 2016 Update

TART Trails Press Release 5/26/2016 –West Boardman Lake Trail Preferred Option Available for Public Viewing

Wordle Graphic of the most commonly used words and phrases to describe what folks liked best.

Video of Prein & Newhof Presentation — 5/19/2016

Preferred Route Maps — Prein & Newhof

TART Trails Press Release 5/17/2016 — West Boardman Lake Trail Public Input Session

March 2016 Update

Wordle Graphic of Ideas, Needs, Wants and Challenges to Trail

Public Input Shared at Public Open House 3/9/2016

Stakeholder Input Shared at Focus Group Meetings

Boardman Lake Region Non-Motorized Trails Map 3/9/2016

February 2016 Update

Boardman Lake Trail Advisory Group Meeting Notes 2/12/2016

TART Trails Press Release 2/24/2016 — Boardman Lake Trail Public Open House

Boardman Lake Trail Open House Flyer

January 2016 Update

TART Trails Press Release 1/27/2016 — Boardman Lake Trail Completion Kickoff

November 2015 Update

On Wednesday, November 25th the Grand Traverse County Board of Commissioners unanimously approved the award for preliminary design services for the trail from 14th St. to South Airport Road. The engineering firm, Prein & Newhof, was given the contract for design services, and we’ll be working closely with them to keep this trail development rolling.

Fall 2015 Update

The County successfully applied for a Coastal Zone Management grant to help fund the conceptual design of the west side of the trail between 14th Street and Logan’s Landing. With additional funding support from the Brownfield Redevelopment Authority work should get underway this fall. TART Trails is excited to partner with Garfield Township, the County and the City of Traverse City to help complete the trail.

We are continuing to work with the City, County and Garfield Township to help complete the loop around the lake. Want to see it finished? Don’t be shy, let your officials know.


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Financial assistance for the project was provided, in part, by the Michigan Coastal Zone Management Program, Office of the Great Lakes, Department of Environmental Quality, under the National Coastal Zone Management Program, through a grant from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce.