On the northwestern shore of Michigan’s lower peninsula lies Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, a hilly region fringed with massive coastal sand dunes and dotted with clear lakes. It is a diverse landscape, embracing quiet, birch-lined streams, dense beech-maple forests, and rugged bluffs towering as high as 460 feet above Lake Michigan. The Sleeping Bear Dunes were even voted the “Most Beautiful Place in the Country” by ABC News!
Go back in time to the Historic Fishtown in Leland. You can see the catch of the day slowly smoked to perfection, charter a fishing boat to go and catch your own, or you can order the freshly prepared fish at The Cove Restaurant as you site atop the Leland River Falls. From eating to shopping to fishing… Leland is a must see!
North Manitou Island lies in Lake Michigan west of the Leelanau Peninsula between sunrise and sunset. It is twelve and one-half miles from the port of Leland. The island is seven miles long and four and a half miles wide, with approximately 25 miles of shoreline. It is comprised of approximately 15,000 acres or twenty-two square miles of land area. The island is blessed with a varied terrain of hills, dunes, forests, lakes, meadows and beaches. Lake Manitou is a treasure nestled in the center of the island. Visitors who yearn to return have been claimed by the spirit of the Manitou.
The Traverse City region is known for its world-record tart cherry harvest! Since 1926, the National Cherry Festival has celebrated this harvest each summer. The festival has grown to showcase more than 150 events along the shores of Lake Michigan’s Grand Traverse Bay, including an air show, music stage, midway, parades, fireworks, and tons of cherry-themed events for the whole family. The festival has even been named in USA Today’s list of top ten festivals for many years running.
The Leelanau Sands Casino is just a short drive from the park! It is located in Peshawbestown and features over 450 slot machines and a grand selection of table games including craps, roulette, poker, blackjack, and the latest in virtual table games. If bingo is more your game, they also feature a bingo hall. The Leelanau Sands Showroom is also known for the many wonderful music acts it brings to our area.
If the delightful smells and taste of wine tickle your senses then the area has some of the best wineries and vintners around! The Leelanau Peninsula is the oldest and largest Michigan wine trail and is currently home to over 25 wineries. Spend an afternoon, a day, or a weekend exploring these treasures!
Leelanau County has breathtaking sandy beaches that sprawl Lake Michigan, Grand Traverse Bay, Lake Leelanau, and many inland lakes. If sun and sand are what you desire, then we have a beach for you! In addition to our park being directly on South Lake Leelanau, we also suggest you visit the following:
No matter how good or bad your swing is, Leelanau County has a golf course for you! With the sprawling hillside, breathtaking views of Lake Michigan, orchards, and surrounding wildlife anyone can get lost in this game.