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U.S. Coast Guard Information and Resources

Welcome to Traverse City

Traverse City has 243 miles of Lake Michigan shoreline, including picturesque beaches, coves, islands, and bays. Traverse City is a Coast Guard City.

Established in 1945 as part of the Coast Guard’s Ninth District, the Air Station Traverse City operates through Lake Michigan, Lake Superior and Lake Huron.

It is because of the Coast Guard’s commitment to vigilance that people from all over are able to safely enjoy the waters throughout Northern Michigan. Our region takes pride in our Coast Guard residents, who not only serve our area, but also assist other areas of our nation, when called upon.


The Traverse City Coast Guard is responsible for the following missions:

• Search and Rescue

• Homeland Security

• Law Enforcement throughout the Great Lakes


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Traverse City Area Resources

U. S. Coast Guard

Air Station Traverse City Coast Guard Public Affairs

Information on Coast Guard Public Affairs and Public Affairs links.

City of Traverse City

Coast Guard City Committee

The Coast Guard City Committee serves in an advisory capacity to the City Commission to make recommendations on matters relating to the operation, development, and planning of the United States Coast Guard services, facilities, and programs within the City of Traverse City.

Public Schools

Traverse City Area Public Schools

Traverse City Area Public Schools (TCAPS) information for Coast Guard Families