The Village of Elk Rapids is proud of its rich, small town heritage, and an engaged community . Its 1,642 residents’ value its small-town character while embracing citizen engagement and activities and has a strong history of environmental consciousness, protecting its rich and abundant natural resources, and entrepreneurial spirit.
The Village of Elk Rapids is a full service, progressive community located on the beautiful and picturesque east shore of East Grand Traverse Bay, Lake Michigan with a vibrant art community and authentic downtown. Elk Rapids has a historic downtown, pedestrian in scale, and architecturally interesting. Within the downtown area, the walkways, decorative streetscape elements and historic buildings provide the Village with a unique image that many communities strive for today. Elk Rapids has an active Downtown Development Authority that works closely with Village leadership and the business community to keep the downtown economically sound and vibrant, a task that will take extra effort since the retail environment has been deeply affected by the pandemic.
Elk Rapids has a history of managing growth making the best use of the residential, commercial and industrial areas, while making wise investments in infrastructure and land resources. The Village is supportive of economic development. The Village strives to ensure new development will enable the Village to maintain a high quality of life and support existing infrastructure, business and housing.
The Village has an engaged citizenry that expects a transparent village government and open communication between the village manager, village president, village trustees and citizens. The village council and its citizens expect strong environmental stewardship of its many rich natural resources.