Boardman Lake Trail

Help us complete the loop around the lake!

You spoke and they listened. We recently asked you to contact Traverse City Commissioners and encourage them to make the completion of the Boardman Lake Trail the number one priority for the North Boardman Lake district. Many of you wrote letters, made phone calls, and attended the June 8th Traverse City Commission study session where the commission confirmed that completing the loop around Boardman Lake is the number one priority. The project will largely be funded using Brownfield Redevelopment dollars and will complete the Boardman Lake Trail master plan. The next phase is to create a scope of work for schematic design followed by engineering and construction. This was an important step towards completion of the trail. Stay tuned for updates!

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. Check out the information below on the project and what you can do to help complete the trail!

Boardman Lake Trail_Case Statement_update

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The 3-mile heavily wooded trail wraps along the eastern and northern boundaries of Boardman Lake. The first 2 miles on the east side were constructed in October 2005.  The bridge over the Boardman River and connection to Oryana and the Old Town neighborhood was completed in 2008. The 3rd mile of the trail was completed November 2015 and ends at 14th Street.

This winter construction wrapped up on just less than a mile of new trail between Oryana and 14th Street.  TART worked closely with the City and Lake Ridge Condominiums to secure a new and improved alignment. The new trail can be accessed from entrances off of Lake Ave. and 14th Street and connects right up to the trail to the north and east. There’s a new dock and pavilion along the trail for visitors to enjoy.

Access and parking at the north end is off Hannah Road just south of the Traverse Area District Library, and at the south end from Medalie Park in the Logan’s Landing area off South Airport Road. You can also access the trail from Oryana.

The vision for this trail is a pathway that circles Boardman Lake, granting easy access to the library, parks, residential developments, and commercial areas including local businesses like Oryana Food Cooperative. 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.

bLT bridge complete

The Boardman Lake Trail within the city limits 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.

Trail Information

3 miles
Boardwalk, Crushed limestone, Flat, Paved



Interactive Map + Directions

Other Resources

Map for Urban Trail System