Elk and Skegemog Lakes are at the bottom of the Elk River Watershed. The Watershed extends from close to Lake Charlevoix all the way to the mouth of the Elk River in Elk Rapids.
The Elk-Skegemog Watershed is a 402 square mile portion of Antrim County, Grand Traverse County, and Kalkaska County including Elk Rapids, Milton, Whitewater, and Clearwater Townships.
Nature Preserves On Our Lakes And Rivers
Many preserves exist on Elk and Skegemog Lakes. These were created over the years by the hard work and generosity of donors and ESLA members. Large or small in size, each one represents a piece of our shoreline that will remain forever as it exists today. Many are best viewed by boat. ESLA is always looking for opportunities to help create more natural areas. If you have an idea, please contact your zone representatives or other board members so that we can work with you and dedicate more shoreline as Natural Areas. Listed below are the existing natural areas on our lakes.
- Kewadin Wetlands Natural Area – 41 acres along the northern-most shore of Elk Lake next to the Milton Township Park.
- North Skegemog Natural Preserve – 37 acres at the northwestern tip of Skegemog Lake, north of the Elk/Skegemog Narrows.
- Palastra-Holm Nature Preserve – 19 acres on Elk Lake south of Whitewater Township Park.
- Skegemog Lake Wildlife Area – 3300 acres with 5.5 miles of shoreline along the south and east sides of Skegemog Lake.
- South Elk Lake Wetlands Nature Preserve – 30 acres with 750 feet of frontage on Elk Lake at the southeast shore of Elk Lake.
- The Battlecreek Natural Area has been established in partnership with Whitewater Township and the Grand Traverse Regional Land Conservancy.