Visit Historic Leland and Fishtown in Leelanau County
Top Things to Do and See in Leland
- Manitou Islands: A ferry out of Leland provides service to both the North and South Islands where you can visit the well preserved wilderness of Michigan.
- Leelanau Historical Society Museum: Run by a society of people dedicated to preserving the history of Leelanau County, this museum has exhibits on things such as weddings, lighthouses, ships, Native Americans, the fur trade and more.
- Whaleback Natural Area: This 40-acre area was sculpted by glaciers over 10,000 years old and offers excellent hiking trails.
- Lake Leelanau: This skinny lake runs 21 miles through the middle of the Leelanau Peninsula from Leland to Cedar and has scenic beauty, fishing and boating.
Browse the docks at Fishtown and discover restaurants such as The Cove, Carlson's Fisheries and the Village Cheese Shanty. Pick up a cool find from one of the many shops and galleries in Fishtown such as Spörck Tileart, Reflections, Leland Gal, Leland Beach Company and The Fish Hook. There's even the Falling Waters Lodge, where you can stay right on the river in Fishtown and have a great view of the waterfalls and Lake Michigan.
Beaches, Parks & Trails
Downtown Leland, you'll come across the Village Green, a peaceful location right downtown, perfect for a picnic. Bartholemew Park on Pearl St., 7 blocks from the main street, includes a public beach and park on North Lake Leelanau with a boat launch, picnic area and dock.
Whaleback Natural Area is a beautiful 40-acre natural area with hiking trails open to the public. This challenging hike takes about an hour and a half to complete but comes will a spectacular Lake Michigan view. There's an info kiosk at the trailhead and benches along the steep trail. Located off M-22, about 1.5 miles south of Leland, look for the Conservancy sign.
For more information about the Leland area:
Leland Chamber of Commerce
PO Box 741
Leland Chamber of Commerce
To have local information sent to you by mail, please call the Leelanau Chamber at (231) 994-2202.
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