Department of Natural Resources
The Boardman River is located in Grand Traverse and Kalkaska counties in northwest lower Michigan. It rises in the Mahan swamp in north central Kalkaska County and flows in a southwesterly direction for 40 miles. Turning north for nine miles, it empties into Grand Traverse Bay at Traverse City. The Boardman River system drains a surface area of approximately 186,000 acres and includes about 130 linear miles of stream.
Boardman River Plan Full Text (305 KB)
Below are individual sections of the plan:
-Cover Sheet, Preface and Table of Contents
-The Study Area
-Existing Uses and Recreational Opportunities
-Preliminary Natural Rivers Plan
-Appendix A - Part 305, Natural Rivers PA 451 of 1994
-Appendix B - Related Laws
Natural River Zoning Rules - Zoning standards for the Boardman River system are found on pages 1-21 and 33-35.