• 4 BDRM
  • 2 BTH
  • 2,542 SQ.FT
  • 642′ WF
1200 River Drive Traverse City MI 49696
Waterfront: Boardman River
Status: Sold Co-op Member


This property was designed to fully enjoy river living. A generation ago, the broad open riverside yard was the family's horse pasture and now provides outstanding views and enjoyment of the Boardman. The well designed and impeccably maintained home offers large rooms and living spaces, including a sizeable laundry right off the heated garage with epoxy floors. The kitchen boasts plenty of cabinet space and countertop room adjacent to the riverside dining room. A spacious living area also brings the river inside with wonderful views across the yard. A large main floor bedroom is currently being purposed as a sewing room but would be perfect as a bedroom for someone looking to avoid stairs. Three other bedrooms are upstairs, two of which share a Jack and Jill bathroom. A detached garage provides work shop space and storage for toys and equipment. A charming sauna is a great way to warm up after a cold dip in the river. There's even a well appointed outhouse that gets a lot of use with so much time being spent outside. The property is the true showpiece here with 5 acres and 642' of frontage on both sides of the river. Trees planted a generation ago now provide a spectacular canopy of shade over the yard and along the river bank. Multiple seating areas along the river will make it tough to go inside at the end of the day. Just two miles from Chum's Corners and a few more to downtown put you within easy reach of Traverse City's amenities. Fishing and paddling are world class on The Boardman with a steady but easily navigated flow and cold clean water all year long.


Follow River Road east from Keystone to River Drive on right (south). Take an immediate right into the driveway once on River Drive.


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Homewaters, Llc. 697 Hannah Ave, Suite B Traverse City MI 49686

About Boardman River

The Boardman begins in two small branches. The North Branch begins just northeast of the town of Kalkaska and flows primarily in a westerly direction toward Traverse City. The upper reaches are home to some very large brook trout and decent numbers of browns. The South Branch begins just upstream of the mill pond in the town of South Boardman and flows in a mostly westerly direction before joining the North Branch and forming the mainstream near the Supply Road Bridge just southeast of Traverse City. Both streams offer decent fishing through heavy undergrowth.

When most people speak of the Boardman, however, they are talking about the river downstream of “The Forks” near Supply Road. The river here averages one to two feet deep and flows quickly over a mostly gravel bottom. Unlike the Manistee and AuSable Rivers which are dominated by mayfly hatches, the Boardman is primarily a caddis river. Those who do best usually fish traditional soft hackle flies or skating flies to imitate that active caddis. Some mayfly hatches are present including a terrific Gray Drake hatch and in some areas a prolific Hex hatch. Most of the river above the site of the former Brown Bridge Pond is dominated by publicly held lands and access is plentiful. Once the river takes on East Creek, a major tributary, it averages one to three feet in depth with holes to six or eight feet in places. The birthplace of The Adams, one of the most popular dry flies in history and a stopping point for Hemingway in his travels, the Boardman is steeped in history and should be on every angler's list as a stream to visit.

Reconnecting over 160 miles of free-flowing cold water, the Boardman River is lucky to be the recipient of one of the "most comprehensive dam removal and restoration projects in Michigan's history and one of the largest such projects in the Great Lakes basin." Learn more about this phenomenal project here.

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