Rapid City and Clearwater Township, Gateway to the Chain of Lakes

Clearwater Township, located in the northwest quadrant of Michigan’s Lower Peninsula, occupies an area of extraordinarily beautiful topography and is known regionally as the “Gateway to the Chain of Lakes.” Traversed by the Rapid River, bounded on the north by Torch Lake and on the west by the Torch River and Lake Skegemog, the Township is advantageously positioned along the major waterways of The Elk River Chain of Lakes Watershed.  This watershed drains fourteen lakes, and their interconnecting rivers, in a 500 square mile area of land across Antrim, Charlevoix, Grand Traverse and Kalkaska Counties. The waters of this watershed finally reach the mouth of Elk River in Elk Rapids, where they flow into the Grand Traverse Bay and join Lake Michigan. 

Reflecting the important presence of these waterways in Clearwater Township, approximately one quarter of the Township’s land area is devoted to public recreational uses such as hiking, fishing, swimming, boating, and camping in the summer and hunting, snowmobiling, snow-shoeing, and cross-country skiing in the winter in the Township’s forests, conservation areas, rivers, lakes and streams.


Parks & Recreation Committee Special Meeting June 14
Parks & Recreation Committee Special Meeting

The Clearwater Parks and Recreation Committee will hold a special meeting on Tuesday, June 14th at 6:00 pm at the Clearwater Township Community Center. The purpose of this meeting will be to gather public input on the 2022-2026 DRAFT Parks and Recreation Master Plan. This meeting is open to the public and participation is encouraged.
Click here to view the draft meeting agenda.
Click here to view the draft master plan.

Constable Committee Information
Constable Committee Information

The Clearwater Township Constable Committee has been added to the Township website under the “Government” menu.

To locate the meeting minutes and notes, Michigan law references, standards, and other pertinent documents, use this drop-down menu and go to: Constable Committee and select either extension.

Constable Committee Meeting May 10
Constable Committee Meeting

The Clearwater Township Constable Committee will meet Tuesday, May 10th, at 7 pm at the Community Center (Schoolhouse) 5407 River St. NW.

To review anticipated costs and revenues for operating and supporting a Township law enforcement officer that provides qualified, trained and properly equipped security and law enforcement under Township jurisdiction. We urge residents to participate in this process.
Click here to view the Agenda.

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