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.


Board of Review December 13th
Board of Review Meeting-December 13th

The Clearwater Township Board of Review will meet Tuesday, December 13th, at 12:00 pm at the Community Center, 5407 River St.
Tom Backers, Supervisor
Secretary, Board of Review

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Community Open House
Input on Short Term Rentals Link

Theis survey will be open until December 15, 2022
Clearwater STR input

Winter 2022 Newsletter
RFP - Barn Electrical

Clearwater Township is seeking bid proposals for electrical work at the Heritage Park maintenance garage. Contractor is responsible for providing all materials and labor for the installation of wiring, outlets, and switches to upgrade the electrical service. Site visit required. For appointment to inspect the site, contact the Maintenance Supervisor at: maintenance@clearwatertwp.com or the Supervisor at: supervisor@clearwatertwp.com or 231-709-0474.
Mail bids to: Clearwater Clerk PO Box 1, Rapid City, MI 49676.
Bids will be presented at the November meeting of the Township Board.

RFP Engineering Services

Clearwater Township, Kalkaska County, is seeking engineering, surveying, environmental, geotechnical and landscape architecture services. Experience and ability to work with road commissions and municipalities required, to provide geotechnical services for industrial buildings, bridges, roads, public works and public development projects. These services will be contracted on an annual, calendar year basis. Clearwater Township has several projects to undertake in 2023 that require these services, and plan to begin these projects in the spring. Interested firms should provide fee schedules for all of the above services listed, and include any costs for federal and state permits that may be required. Proposals should be submitted prior to December 15th, 2022.
Contact the Supervisor at: supervisor@clearwatertwp.com or mail the contract requirements to:
PO Box 1, Rapid City, Michigan 49676

Approved Budget 2022/2023
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