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Paddle Trips

Alden Outfitters

10520 Coy St, Alden | 231.331.6979
Offers kayak rentals

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Butch’s Tackle & Marine

6235 Crystal Springs Rd, Bellaire | 231.377.6787
Offers kayak rentals

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Jordan Valley Outfitters

311 N Lake St, East Jordan | 231.536.0006
Provides kayaks, tandem kayaks, canoeing, tubing, rafting

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Paddles & Pedals

206 N Bridge St, Bellaire | 231.533.4449
Offers kayak rentals

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Riverside Marina

115 W Cayuga St, Bellaire | 231.533.8559
Offering canoe and kayak rentals

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Swiss Hideaway

1953 Graves Crossing, Mancelona | 231.536.2341
Renting canoes, kayaks, tubes

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Grass River / Lake Bellaire

Access: Fisherman’s Paradise Rd

Sparsely inhabited shoreline with abundant wetlands and wildlife habitat. Distance from SCR: 3 miles


Jordan River

Access: Grave’s Crossing, Old State Rd

Amongst Michigan’s coldest and clearest; the Jordan is the first in Michigan to be designated a National Wild and Scenic River. Distance from SCR: 13 miles


Manistee River

Access: County Rd 612 bridge

Ultimately 232 miles long, this upper section is known as one of the best trout fisheries east of the Rockies. Distance from SCR: 25 miles


Torch River / Torch Lake

Access: South end boat launch, Alden Harbor

River: Moderate boat traffic, flowing from Torch Lake to Lake Skegemog. Distance from SCR: 15 miles

Lake: Michigan’s second largest inland lake and is noted for its exceptional beauty; its waters are unusually clear and exhibit a bright turquoise hue.                                      Distance from SCR: 13 miles



Dockside Beach, Clam River
Sandy and shallow on beautiful Torch Lake, this relatively small beach is also close to boat and jet ski rentals, and close to food, beverage and water related retail establishments. Next to The Dockside where Clam River meets Torch Lake, only 9 miles from Shanty Creek.

Barnes Park Campground, Eastport
Almost a quarter mile of sandy Lake Michigan beach, hiking trails and two pavillions. Located 18 miles northwest of Shanty Creek, take M-88 north to US-31. No entrance fee. 231.599.2712 for information.

Alden Ball Diamond, Alden
Another great Torch Lake swimming spot, located at the Little League Ball Park just south of Alden. Parking, restrooms, grills and picnic tables, plus shopping close by in the town of Alden. 12 miles from Shanty Creek.

Noteware’s Landing, Bellaire
The closest water access to Shanty Creek, Noteware’s has parking, restrooms, and great access to beautiful Lake Bellaire. Just north of North Lakes Rd. on Paradise Lane, only 2.5 miles from Shanty Creek. Shuttle service available upon request.

Elk Rapids Public Beach, Elk Rapids
Located at the end of River Street, this public beach offers a large sandy beach on the shores of Lake Michigan. Public restrooms with changing areas, picnic tables, grills, and a large grassy area for games, plus close proximity to downtown, make this a great beach. 26.5 miles from Shanty Creek.

Map of the Chain of Lakes

1.  Noteware’s Landing, Bellaire

2.  Dockside Beach, Clam River

3.  Alden Ball Diamond, Alden

4.  Barnes Park Campground, Eastport

5.  Elk Rapids Public Beach, Elk Rapids

Boat Rentals

Butch’s Tackle & Marine
6235 Crystal Springs Rd., Bellaire
Renting pontoons, jet skis

DeWitt Marine
6509 Crystal Springs Rd., Bellaire
Offering pontoon rentals

Boating on Torch Lake

Elk River Marina
118 N. Bridge St., Elk Rapids
Offering pontoons, ski boat, fishing boat and tube rentals

Sunset Watersports
833 E. Front St., Traverse City
Pontoons, ski boats, deck boats, fishing boats, sail boats, jet skis and water trampolines available for rental

Torch River Shack
7711 Crystal Beach Rd. NW, Rapid City
Offering pontoon rentals

Riverside Marina
115 W. Cayuga St, Bellaire
Pontoon and fishing boats for rent

Torch River Marine
12906 Cherry Ave, Rapid City
Renting pontoons, ski boats, fishing boats



Alden Harbor
Access to: Torch Lake, Lower Chain of Lakes
Type: paved; can handle large boats

Butch’s Tackle & Marine
Access to: Torch River, Lower Chain of Lakes
Type: paved; can handle large boats

Clam Lake
Access to: Clam Lake, Lower Chain of Lakes
Type: gravel; unimproved

DeWitt Marine
Access to: Torch River, Lower Chain of Lakes
Type: paved; can handle large boats

Fisherman’s Paradise
Access to: Lake Bellaire, Lower Chain of Lakes
Type: gravel; can handle large boats

Riverside Marina
Access to: Intermediate River, Lower Chain of Lakes
Type: paved; small to medium boats



Charters North
Bellaire | 231.590.1949
Charters, guide services, excursions on Torch Lake.

McCool Outdoor
8360 Bent Pine Dr., Lake Ann | 231.409.3874
Fly fishing on local rivers (river trout)

Ultimate Charters
Slip 23 @ Edward C. Grace Memorial Harbor, Elk Rapids | 231.392.3062
Big water fishing in E. Grand Traverse Bay (salmon
& lake trout)

Ward Brothers Boats
106 E Antrim St., Charlevoix | 231.547.2371
Big water fishing in Lake Michigan (salmon & lake trout)

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Where to Fish

Jordan River
Brook and Brown Trout; access points off of M-66.

Lake Bellaire
Walleye, pike, perch, brown trout, crappie, smallmouth bass, rock bass; Fisherman’s Paradise public access

Intermediate Lake
Walleye, pike, perch, brown trout, crappie, smallmouth bass, rock bass; boat ramps located along M-88.

chain of lakes map

Additional Waterway Information

Chain of Lakes

Upper Chain of Lakes
Intermediate Lake, Green River, Hanley Lake,
Benway Lake, Wilson Lake, Ellsworth Lake,
St. Clair Lake, Six Mile Lake

Navigable by small boats ONLY. Two low bridges, one culvert, 5’ clearance, 3’ depth.

Lower Chain of Lakes
Elk Lake, Lake Skegemog, Torch River, Torch Lake, Clam River, Clam Lake, Grass River, Lake Bellaire,
Intermediate River

Navigable by small to large boats. No wake zones on the rivers.

Spirits, Wineries & Breweries

Craft Spirits

Mammoth Distilling

2407 Main St., Central Lake | 231.544.1515

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Mammoth Distiling spirits on bar


Shorts Brewery

121 N. Bridge St., Bellaire | 231.498.2300

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North Peak Brewing Company

400 W. Front St., Traverse City | 231.941.7325

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Jolly Pumpkin Restaurant & Brewery

13512 Peninsula Dr., Traverse City | 231.223.4333

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The Filling Station

642 Railroad Place, Traverse City | 231.946.8168

Bee Well Meadery collection of bottles

Bee Well Meadery

Sun-Thu 12-9pm | Fri-Sat 12-10pm
116 N. Bridge St., Bellaire

Brewery Terra Firma

2959 Hartman Rd., Traverse City | 231.929.1600

Right Brain Brewery

225 E. 16th St., Traverse City | 231.944.1239

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Bellaire Wineries

Torch Lake Cellars

5245 Clam Lake Dr. | 231.377.9109

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Old Mission Peninsula Wine Trail

Chateau Chantal
15900 Rue de Vin | 231.223.4110

Hawthorne Vineyards
1000 Camino Maria Dr. | 231.929.4206

Mari Vineyards
8175 Center Road | 231.938.6116

Peninsula Cellars
11480 Center Rd. | 231.933.9787

Chateau Grand Traverse
12239 Center Rd. | 231.938.6120

2 Lads Winery
16985 Smokey Hollow Rd. | 231.223.7722

Black Star Farms
360 McKinley Rd. E. | 231.944.1300

Bowers Harbor Vineyards
2896 Bowers Harbor Rd. | 231.223.7615

Brys Estate
3309 Blue Water Rd. | 231.223.9303

Leelanau Peninsula Wine Trail

Bel Lago
6530 S. Lake Shore Dr. | 231.228.4800

Cherry Republic
6026 S. Lake St. | 800.206.6949

10343 E. Hilltop Rd. | 231.271.5553

Forty-Five North
8580 Horn Rd. | 231.271.1188

Good Harbor Vineyards
34 S. Manitou Trail | 231.256.7165

L. Mawby
4519 S. Elm Valley Rd. | 231.271.3522

Leelanau Wine Cellars
12693 E. Tatch Rd. | 231.386.5201

Shady Lane Cellars
9580 Shady Lane | 231.947.8865

Verterra Winery
103 E. River St. | 231.256.2115

Area Shopping

Area Shopping


Downtown Bellaire at Night

Paddles & Pedals
206 N. Bridge St. | 231.533.4449
Outdoor adventure gear including men’s + women’s clothing, shoes, boots, sunglasses and more.

Bellaire Bait & Tackle
3225 S. M-88 Hwy. | 231.350.7126
Bait, hunting, fishing, camping supplies.

Bellaire Pharmacy
120 N. Bridge St. | 231.533.8014

Bellaire Smokehouse
508 N. Bridge St. | 231.533.5069
Smoked fish, jerky, meats, wine, imported beer, variety of specialty items.

The Flying Pig
105 Bridge St. | 231.313.1517
Repurposed items, old windows & reclaimed barn wood made into useful & unique décor items.

Little Treasures Toys & Gifts
100 E. Cayuga St. | 231.533.6559
Toys, games, gifts and unique greeting cards.

Hello Vino
122 N. Bridge St. | 231.350.7138
Wine themed gifts and accessories, large selection of wines from local wineries and unique wines from around the world. Wine tastings available.

Bellaire Hardware
101 S. Bridge St. | 231.533.6906
For all your hardware needs.

The 45th Apparel
101 N. Bridge St. | 231.533.8605
Embroidered, screen printed shirts of all varieties.

Short’s Mart
113 N. Bridge St. | 231.498.2300 X 4
Home to all things Short’s including label art, beer
accessories, glassware and apparel.

Uniquely North
221 N. Bridge St. | 231.533.4630
Home furnishings, clothing, accessories, lighting, gifts and home accents reflecting Up North living.

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Nifty Things!
9043 Helena | 231.331.6438 |
One-of-a-kind gifts for family and friends.

Alden Mill House
10480 SE Torch Lake Dr. | 231.331.4711
The Home of Pepper Mill Spices.

Carter’s Candle Shop
9117 Helena | 231.331.6602
Collection of handcrafted candles, gifts, toys, cards, sweatshirts and a Christmas shop.

Grandma’s Parlor
9005 Helena | 231.331.6371
Jewelry and gifts.

LaVoie Designs
9076 Helena | 231.331.4221
Casual lifestyle collections of women’s apparel
and accessories.

Alden Store Company
9053 Helena | 231.331.6811
Northern home and cottage accessories, resort clothing and unique gifts.

PK’s Place
9160 Helena | 231.331.4020
Elegant apparel boutique and decorative home
accessories. Memorial weekend to October.

Spencer Creek Trading Company
9076 Helena | 231.331.4845
Toys, children’s books and accessories, nature
and garden-related gifts.

The Red Eye Gallery/Eclectables
9110 Helena | 231.331.4432
Tasteful gifts and home accessories.

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Central Lake

Shanty Creek Resorts to Central Lake (11.1 mi)

Adams Madams
2385 Main St. | 231.544.2770
Pottery, crystal, sculptures, lamps and gifts.

Bachmann’s Variety Store
2415 Main St. | 231.544.2300
Five and dime small-town store.

Brownwood Acres Shops
2493 NE Torch Lake Dr. | 231.544.1123

Central Lake Pharmacy
2424 Main St. | 231.544.2929

Fudgees Homemade Fudge & Ice Cream
2420 Main St. | 231.544.3834

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Elk Rapids

Shanty Creek Resorts to Elk Rapids (26.3 mi)

Corner Druggist
154 River St. | 231.264.8033 |
Full-service pharmacy.

Ginger Snaps
1125 River St. | 231.264.8922
Selection of fun toys, jewelry, clothing,
teas and gifts.

Stuff & Such
142 River St. | 231.264.9093
Clothing, jewelry, shoes, smartwool and more.

Twisted Fish Gallery
10443 S. Bayshore Dr. | 231.264.0123
Fine art gallery specializing in large paintings for the home or office and outdoor sculptures.

The Nature Connection and Portside Treats
137 River St. | 231.264.6330
Practical, educational and fanciful selections for
nature lovers. Fresh caramel corn, homemade fudge, kid favorites, chocolates and more.

Traverse Bay Farms Gourmet Cherry Products
204 River St. | 231.498.2400
Fruit-based gourmet products.

115 River St. | 231.264.6885
Shopping and retail.

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shop local

Shanty Creek Resorts to Mancelona (8.6 mi)

520 S Williams St. | 231.916.2520

Antrim Outfitters
111 W State St. | 231.916.2112

Biking & Hiking

Places for Biking/Hiking


Shanty Creek Resorts is situated in Antrim County, ski and bike country for Michigan. The area’s Chain of Lakes offers picturesque road rides and pristine Single track tails ranging in levels from beginner to advance. Antrim County has miles and miles of scenic, paved, relatively sparsely-traveled roads, many with small, paved shoulders. You can design rides of any length and difficulty.

Biking on the Glacial Hills Natural Pathway

Trail Rides

Glacial Hills Pathway
(Free Shuttle Service to and From GHP)
Located less than 6 miles northwest of Shanty Creek, and encompasses 763 acres of beautiful rolling land with several loops and trail options. The trailhead and parking are located on Eckhardt Rd., just north of the Bellaire Highway with 31.5 miles of trails.

Sand Lakes Quiet Area
28 miles southwest of Shanty Creek, trails are on State Forest land on flat to hilly, hard packed terrain. Outer loop is 8 miles long with several cut-offs, circling several little lakes. 4 miles south of M-72 on Broomhead Rd.

North Country Trail
This portion of the NCT, running from NY to ND, is a
favorite with mountain bikers. Terrain varies from flat to very hilly, single track to gravel roads. Distances vary, with all rides out and back. Some sections may be closed to cyclists. Best access is off of County Rd. 38 (15 miles east of Shanty Creek), then riding south on the trail.

Vasa Single track Trail
Fast 13 miles of twisting single track wind along a DNR groomed trail with banked corners, allowing you to turn almost without braking. There are plenty of gentle whoop-de-dos on the straight portions of the trail for an added thrill. Located 35 Miles SW of Shanty Creek, at 9529 Supply Rd.

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Local Events

Ice Man Cometh
Iceman Cometh Challenge is a 30 mile point-to-point mountain bike race from Kalkaska to Traverse City. Held traditionally on the first Saturday of November.

Mountain Mayhem (Road Race Series)
Michigan’s toughest terrain biking series, including the Spring Classic (second Sunday in June), Beat the Heat Tour (first Saturday in August), and Gravel Grinder (first Saturday in October).

RAT RIDE (Ride Around Torch)
The Ride Around Torch is an annual one-day 26, 40, 63, or 100 mile bicycle tour primarily along the scenic shores of Torch Lake, taking place the third Sunday of July.

E-Bike Rentals


SCR offers bike rentals through the Fitness Center. All rentals include a complimentary shuttle ride to and from Glacial Hills Pathway upon request. 


Introducing E-Bikes: motor-assisted bicycling. Perfect for exploring the rolling hills throughout Shanty Creek. 

  • One hour $20

  • Half day (0-4 hours) $60

  • Full day (4-8 hours) $100

Area Museums

Family at Grass River Natural ARea

Grass River Natural Area
6500 Alden Hwy., Bellaire | 231.533.8576

Raven Hill Discovery Center
4737 Fuller Rd., East Jordan | 231.536.3369

Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore

Sleeping Bear Dunes Visitor’s Bureau
12 Wood Ridge Rd., Glen Arbor | 231.326.4700

G.T. Butterfly House & Bug Zoo
8840 E M-72, Williamsburg | 231.944.0774


Houses of Worship


·        Bellaire Community United Methodist Church | 401 N. Bridge St., Bellaire | 231.533.8133 |

·        Church in the Hills (Presbyterian USA) | 6401 Shanty Creek Rd., Bellaire | 231.533.6001 |

·        Hope Lutheran Church (Missouri Synod) | 2680 S. M-88, Bellaire | 231.533.8129 

·        Living Word North | 4867 Aero Park Dr., Bellaire | 231.533.6333

·        St. Luke’s Catholic Church | 3038 S M-88, Bellaire | 231.533.8121

·        The Wesleyan Church | 108 E Cayuga, Bellaire | 231.533.8844 |


·        Antrim Church of Christ | 10228 US-131 S., Mancelona | 231.587.5445 |

·        Church of the Nazarene | 119 W. Main, Mancelona | 231.587.8031

·        Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses | 511 Forest Ave., Mancelona | 231.587.5111

·        Mancelona Baptist Church | 609 Jefferson Ave., Mancelona | 231.587.9431 |

·       Mancelona United Methodist Church | 117 Hinman, Mancelona | 231.587.8461

·        Mancelona Free Methodist Church | 10725 Darragh Rd, Mancelona | 231.587.4968 |

·        Pathway Community Church | 416 S. Williams, Mancelona | 231.587.8581 |

·        St. Anthony Catholic Church | 209 Jefferson Ave., Mancelona | 231.587.8401 |

Central Lake

·      Bible Baptist Church | 1040 N. M-88, Central Lake | 231.544.6699 |

·      First Congregational Church | 8066 State St., Central Lake | 231.544.6878 |



Additional Activities

Recreational Facilities

Area 51 Paintball
3005 Westwood Rd., Mancelona | 231.577.6252

Lucky Jack’s
1705 S. Garfield Ave., Traverse City | 231.947.2610

Pirate’s Cove Adventure Park
1710 US-31 N., Traverse City | 231.938.9599

Bellaire Lanes & Games
4800 M-88 S., Bellaire | 231.350.7373


Horseback Riding

Midnight Acres
4565 Stover Rd., Bellaire | 248.866.6626

Hobby Horse
733 Zipp School Rd., Mancelona | 231.577.6252
(by appt. only)

Boat Tours

Nauti-Cat Cruises
615 E. Front St., Traverse City | 231.464.6080

Shepler’s Lighthouse Cruises
556 E. Central, Mackinaw City | 800.828.6157

Soo Locks Boat Tours
515 E Portage Ave., Sault Ste. Marie | 800.432.6301

Traverse Tall Ship Co.
13258 SW Bayshore Dr., Traverse City | 800.941.2000



Torch Lake Windsurfing
3690 Wak-Wing Dr., Central Lake | 231.599.2801



Odawa Casino
1760 Lears Rd., Petoskey | 877.442.6464

Turtle Creek Casino
7741 M-72 E., Williamsburg | 231.534.8870