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.


Township Board Regular Meeting
Township Board Regular Meeting

There will be a Clearwater Township Board Regular Meeting on Thursday, January 20th at 7pm at the Community Center, located at 5407 River Street, Rapid City, MI.

Request for Proposals
Clearwater Township
Request for Proposals

Clearwater Township is seeking bid proposals for installation of an LED digital sign at the entrance to Heritage Park. Contractor is responsible for obtaining all permits required. Nearest power for electrical power required is 60 feet from the sign mounting location. Site visit required. For appointment to inspect the sign and site, contact the Supervisor at: supervisor@clearwatertwp.com or 231-709-0474. Sealed bids only, bids will be opened at the February 17th meeting of the Township Board. Solar installations will be considered.

Mail bids to: Clearwater Clerk PO Box 1, Rapid City, MI 49676; or deliver to the Township Hall office no later than close of business February 17th, 2022.

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