8870 North Long Lake Road Traverse City, Michigan 49685
231-946-2249 FAX 231-946-4573
Office Hours: 8:00AM - 5:30PM Tuesday - Friday
Meeting Notes for Parks and Recreation Committee:
Long Lake Parks and Recreation Plan adopted December 2011
The Parks and Rec. Plan is presented here in PDF format. You can save the file to your local machine from the file menu in Acrobat Reader. Once saved these files may be printed. If you do not have Adobe Acrobat Reader you can download the FREE version by clicking HERE.
Rules for all Township Parks
(including but not limited to)
Haywood Park is located along with our Township Offices and Fire Barn on North Long Lake Road. Haywood Park offers outdoor basketball and tennis courts, an official bocce ball court, a 1/3 mile running-walking track, a shaded picnic area, and playground equipment. This is all open to the public. The park also has three baseball diamonds and two soccer fields available for reservation by calling 231-946-2249.
Taylor Park is one of our Township’s two public beaches, offering a place to swim with a natural, beautifully forested setting. It is located directly across from Long Lake Grocery on North Long Lake Road. Taylor Park has a beach and swimming area, a volleyball court, a small dock (not for diving!) and a naturally shaded picnic area.
Gilbert Park is another popular public beach. It has a sunny, sandy beach area and a grassy picnic area to relax in the shade. In addition to the swimming and picnic areas Gilbert Park also has two beach volleyball courts that are provided for public use. Gilbert Park also offers a boat launch and dock outside of the swim area.
Bullhead Lake Natural Area
Thanks to the efforts of Friends the of Bullhead Lake and the Michigan Department of Natural Resources Trust Fund, our township is able to offer the Bullhead Lake Natural Area. This Natural Area is a piece of undeveloped property where the natural environment of our area can be preserved and enjoyed. The Natural Area is a home to many frogs, fish, birds and other wildlife that depend on wetlands and the forest that would be greatly disturbed by development. There is no swimming or camping at Bullhead Lake but enjoying the beautiful scenery provided by Mother Nature is permitted.
The entrance to the Natural Area is inconspicuously located on Edgewood Avenue off of North Long Lake Road. There is a sign marking the trailhead though, so keep your eyes peeled!
Crescent Shores Boat Launch
In addition to the boat launch located at Gilbert Park, which is a high traffic area, our township offers a second location located at the end of Crescent Shores Road, off of West Long Lake Road.
Grand Traverse County Twin Lakes Camp call 231-922-4818 for more information.
South Long Lake Forest Natural Area is accessed off the new trailhead on South Long Lake Rd. located across from Eastwood Shores. There is another, more rugged, access from Bass Lake Rd. by turning on Luhrs Trails. The trails are not quite developed yet but you'll see lots of stakes trying to aim you in the right direction by the end of summer. Click here to view and print map, history and rules
Cedar Run Creek Natural Area is now open for public access. Since protection efforts for the property are still being worked through, we ask that you park along Cedar Lake Rd. and hike back in. We continue to work through the plans to increase accessibility while protecting the natural elements.
Fisher's Run property is located just past Westwoods Elementary on Fisher Rd. and has hiking trails, benches for resting weary bones and educational signs. Although the trail is short, it's still a great walk in the woods or place to sit and enjoy nature.