Boardman Lake is a river-fed lake located in Downtown Traverse City.
Before entering the Grand Traverse Bay, it becomes Boardman Lake, a natural lake that was originally 259 acres (1.05 km2) in size and increased to 339 acres (1.37 km2) after the Union Street Dam was constructed in 1867. A great feature of the lake is the Boardman Lake Trail. The 2-mile heavily wooded trail along the east side of Boardman Lake was constructed in October 2005. This northern mile of this serene trail is paved, while the southern mile is crushed limestone and boardwalks.