Leelanau, Land of Delight
Leelanau County is located in Northwest, Lower Michigan. There are many reasons that make Leelanau County such a desirable place to live, work and play. Most areas in Leelanau County have a convenient 30-minute commute to Traverse City and Munson Medical Center. The landscape is complimented by many inland lakes (some of which include: Lake Leelanau, Glen Lake, Little Traverse Lake and Lime Lake) and Lake Michigan surrounds the perimeter of Leelanau County.
There is a large agricultural influence which includes vineyards, cherry orchards and apple orchards. Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore is located in southwest Leelanau County along the Lake Michigan shoreline. Sleeping Bear Dunes was voted 'Most Beautiful Place in America' by Good Morning America in 2011. Some favorite attractions in Leelanau County include: The Homestead Resort in Glen Arbor, Historic Fishtown in Leland, the shopping district in Suttons Bay and The Manitou Islands. Leelanau County also offers some of the best public and private schools in the State of Michigan.
Leelanau County Attractions
Wine Tours: 25 local wineries are part of the Leelanau Peninsula Vintner's Association
Distillery: Northern Latitudes Distillery in Lake Leelanau
Biking/Hiking: Clay Cliff Natural Area, Houdek Dunes, Leelanau Conservancy Natural Areas, North Manitou Island, Pyramid Point, Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, South Manitou Island, TART (Leelanau Trail), Whaleback Natural Area
Charter Fishing: Captains fish out of the Leland Harbor
Movie Theater: The Bay Theater in Suttons Bay
Leelanau County Facts
Land Area: 348.47 square miles
Population: 21,708 (US Census Bureau 2010)
Government/Jail: Leelanau County Government Center
Townships: Bingham, Centerville, Cleveland, Elmwood, Empire, Glen Arbor, Kasson, Leland, Leelanau, Solon, Suttons Bay
Inland Lakes: Cedar Lake, Davis Lake, Duck Lake, Gilbert Lake, Glen Lake, Lime Lake, Little Glen Lake, Little Traverse Lake, North Lake Leelanau, School Lake, Shell Lake, Shisler Lake, South Bar Lake, South Lake Leelanau
North Manitou Island - 7.75 miles long and 4.25 miles wide (Leland Township)
South Manitou Island - 3.5 miles long and 3 miles wide at its widest point (Glen Arbor Township)
North Fox Island - 2 miles long and 1 mile wide at its widest point (Leelanau Township)
South Fox Island - 5.5 miles long and 1.5 miles wide (Leelanau Township)
Schools: Glen Lake Community School, Lake Leelanau St. Mary School, Leland Public School, Northport Public School, Suttons Bay Public School
Climate: Leelanau County's four seasons are enjoyable for everyone. Spring is typically between 40-60 degreegs as the snow melts, the flowers bloom and the birds sing. Summers have moderately warm temperatures between 75-90 degrees, fun in the sun. Fall is a beautiful time in Leelanau County, the trees are full of color and temperatures are between 50-60 degrees. Winters usually have lots of snow for outdoor activities and temperatures range from 0-30 degrees. Annual rainfall 33", annual snowfall 96".