Discovery Center ~ Great Lakes is centrally located, only a fraction of a mile outside the Traverse City limits. It is highly visible and has great potential as a community resource.

The Discovery Center bayfront property now includes a parcel to the north recently acquired by Rotary Camps and Services that was formerly owned by Traverse City Light & Power (TCLP) — the deepwater dock formerly used for offloading coal. The Maritime Heritage Alliance currently uses the inner side of this dock to berth and display its historic sailing vessels, including the schooner Madeline, the cutter Champion. Inland Sea’s schooner Utopia arrived in 2016 and Traverse Tall Ship Company’s schooner Manitou has also been berthed there since 2012.


Just to the north of the TCLP property is Elmwood Township’s newly renovated Greilickville Harbor Park, which offers swimming, covered picnic pavilions, and state-of-the-art playground equipment, all fully accessible and open to the public. Adjoining the park is the Elmwood Township Marina, with contracted and transient boat slips, boater facilities, launching access, and rest rooms. 

Thanks to the generosity and vision of Mike Dow and the collaboration among the various entities,  this exceptional site offers many recreational and educational benefits for the local community and visitors, now and long into the future.