Elk Lake


About Elk Lake

Imagine a day of fishing, and water sports with shopping and lunch in Elk Rapids.

Elk Lake

Elk Lake, in Northern Michigan, is a true gem for a day full of activities on the water. Known for its clear and deep waters, Elk Lake is ideal for various aquatic adventures. You can start your day with a refreshing swim in its crystal-clear waters or try your hand at fishing, as the lake is home to a diverse range of fish species, making it a haven for anglers. Boating enthusiasts will enjoy cruising around, exploring the scenic lake shores, or venturing into connecting waterways for a full day of exploration.

For those who love water sports, the lake’s conditions are perfect for wakeboarding, water skiing, or tubing.
If relaxation is your goal, anchor in a quiet cove and bask in the lake’s natural beauty, perhaps with a picnic on board.

Are you looking to shop or go into town for lunch? No problem. Elk Lake offers a perfect blend of relaxation and adventure for everyone.

Elk Lake Features

Spanning approximately 7,730 acres with a depth up to 192 feet, Elk Lake is one of the largest and deepest lakes in the Chain of Lakes.


Elk Lake is home to a variety of fish species including rock bass, yellow perch, brown trout, and lake trout. Additionally, anglers can find smallmouth bass and muskellunge, adding to the challenge and excitement of fishing in Elk Lake.

Lunch & Shopping

Elk Rapids is where you will find food, drink, and supplies. Gourmet markets, burgers, beer, wine, and ice cream!
You can explore happenings in the area, you by visiting the Elk Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce’s Event Calendar, the official Elk Rapids Harbor Days website, and Discover Elk Rapids.

Dropping Anchor

DNR Boat Launch
This site offers a developed boat launch complete with a dock, parking, and restrooms.

Whitewater Township Park Trailhead
Features a developed boat launch, parking, restrooms, a picnic area with a pavilion, a camping area, and a swimming beach

Village of Elk Rapids
Elk Lake harbor is between two sandy beaches in Elk Rapids and offers slips in Elk Lake and a boat launch. With its quaint charm, the downtown district of Elk Rapids is just a few steps away, making it a convenient spot for visitors who wish to explore the town.

Tubes & Lilly Pads

MK Marine offers Tubes and Water Lilly Mats to make your day more enjoyable.

Pet Friendly

Your pet is likely part of the family and we want your entire family to enjoy the lake. We are good with your pet coming along.

Elk Lake