About the Boardman River Guide

The mission of the Boardman River Guide (BRG) is to share useful information with visitors & local residents about the many recreation opportunities along the beautiful Boardman River in Grand Traverse County, Michigan.

The Boardman River is a natural resource owned by the public, but there is no "Official" website (including this one) that provides information about all of the nearby recreation; instead, it is spread out over numerous websites, often with inaccurate or outdated details. The BRG incorporates info from many sources in addition to providing numerous details that previously didn't exist on the internet.

The BRG is maintained by a born-and-raised Michigander who has chosen to call Grand Traverse County 'Home' for nearly 30 years.  I'm not an expert or professional anything, nor do I have any affiliation with organizations referenced on the map or this site. The BRG is simply a labor of love, born of a desire to help others safely experience the natural beauty of our river valley and created using knowledge gained over 25+ years of exploring the river, its banks & tributaries with children, grandchildren, friends and family. I hope you find it useful.

Some technical information & text was obtained from the following sources:

State of Michigan

Grand Traverse County

The city of Traverse City

Traverse City Downtown Development Authority

Garfield Township

Grand Traverse Regional Land Conservancy

Grand Traverse Conservation District

TART Trails (Traverse Area Recreation & Transportation)

Friends of the Boardman

North Country Trail

Northwestern Michigan River Guide

Michigan Water Trails

BATA (Bay Area Transportation Authority)

Tread Lightly

Leave No Trace

Google Maps




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DISCLAIMER: Every effort is made to provide current & accurate information, however, it is for reference only & NOT guaranteed. Please follow the appropriate links to learn detailed information & current conditions. Please note that websites can and do change links often; thank you for reporting broken links. Questions and comments are always welcome.

All original photographs & text Copyright © 2017 @The Boardman 

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