Situated within beautiful Leelanau County, Elmwood Township was organized on December 21, 1863 with a total of two hundred residents. Our current 4,503 residents are served by both the Traverse City and Suttons Bay school districts. Bordered on the east by the West Arm of Grand Traverse Bay and to the south by Grand Traverse County, Elmwood Township is considered the Gateway to Leelanau County.
Elmwood Township offers a mecca of recreational opportunities for both residents and tourists. The Elmwood Township marina offers contracted, as well as transient, slips and buoys. With its deep water launch capability, it is considered to be the finest marina on the Bay. The Township maintains two public parks-one located on Grand Traverse Bay and one on Cherry Bend Road. Both offer covered picnic facilities with grills and playground equipment. The Cherry Bend Park also offers tennis courts, soccer, volleyball, and baseball fields. A public boat launch is available to Cedar Lake, a large interior lake located off of Cherry Bend Road. The Leelanau Trail runs the entire length of the Township and offers a safe area for walking, biking, in-line skating, and cross country skiing in the winter.
Well planned residential and commercial projects are a part of our growing Township. With strict attention to preserving the essential character of open spaces, wooded areas, farmland, and wetland; Elmwood Township provides a scenic location in which to live, work, or play.