Boardman Lake Trail

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.

In 2015, 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.

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 Project Updates

Want to stay posted on completing the loop around the lake? For updates on trail construction & progress visit the Boardman Lake Trail Project Page.

Trail Information

3 miles
Boardwalk, Crushed limestone, Flat, Paved


Interactive Map + Directions

Other Resources

Map for Urban Trail System