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Lake Leelanau

Michigan

Lake Leelanau, Michigan

Lake Leelanau real estate is regarded as a tight inventory market in Michigan for lake homes and lake lots.

Typically, buyers can find 10 Lake Leelanau homes for sale, and 10 lake lots and land for sale. Offering houses at many price points, Lake Leelanau homes for sale have an average list price of $711,000.

One of Michigan's largest lakes, Lake Leelanau has 41 miles of shoreline. The lake is also known as Carp Lake,

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  • 41Mi. of Shoreline
  • 40Avg. Depth
  • 121Deepest Depth
  • Dam Name
    Leelanau Dam
  • Ownership
    Public
  • Acreage
    8,320
  • Public Boat Ramps
    10
  • Water Level
    Full Pool Year Round
Marinas
(231) 256-9800
990 S lake Leelanau Dr
Lake Leelanau, MI 49653
Manitou Marine
(231) 256-2655
108 W Phillip St
Lake Leelanau, MI 49653
(231) 271-6703
Suttons Bay, MI 49682
Golf Courses
Leland Country Club
(231) 256-9721
(231)256-9721
Leland, MI 49654
Public
(231) 256-7921
184 N 5th Street
Lake Leelanau, MI 49563
(231) 228-2040
4512 S Town Line Rd
Cedar , MI 49621
Private
Campgrounds
(231) 256-7236
3101 S Lake Shore Dr
Lake Leelanau, MI 49653
(231) 228-5742
6500 E Leelanau Pines Dr
Cedar, MI 49621
(231) 271-5550
8563 E Horn Rd
Lake Leelanau, MI 49653
  • Counties: Leelanau County
  • Fish: Brown Trout, Lake Trout, Largemouth Bass, Northern Pike, Smallmouth Bass, Walleye
  • Condos available (Yes)
  • Notable events: The Walleye Festival, Cherry Festival, Manitou Music Festival
  • Sailing clubs: Lake Leelanau Yacht Club, Lake Leelanau Rowing Club, Leland Lake Yacht Club
  • Interesting facts: Leelanau means "delight of life".
  • Known for: Being a place for warm and cold water fishing. Fishtown. Public ferry to the Manitou islands.
  • History: Henry Rowe Schoolcraft is credited with naming the town.
  • Landmarks: The north basin of Lake Leelanau meets Lake Michigan,The Manitou islands, Leelaunau Peninsula, and Fountain Point.
  • Other notes: Lake Leelanau is 30 miles away from Sleeping Bear Dunes National Park
  • Permit is not required to use the lake.
  • Jet skis are allowed.
  • Motorized boats are allowed.
  • Houseboats are allowed.
  • Boating restrictions (No).
  • Dock restrictions (No).
Hospitals
(231) 935-5000
1105 6th Street
Traverse City, MI 49684
Airports
Yuba Airport
108000 Bates Road, Williamsburg MI 49690
24 miles away
Cherry Capital Airport
727 Dont Fly Drive, Traverse City MI 49686
16 miles away
About Lake Leelanau
A Peninsula Paradise with a Small-Town Feel

Lake Leelanau is located on the northwest corner of the Leelanau Peninsula in Michigan.

On the northwest side of the lake it connects to the Leland River, which flows up for one mile to connect to Lake Michigan. The south side of the lake is located within the Solon Township. It’s about 45 minutes from Traverse City and four and a half hours from Detroit.

While there aren’t many chain stores and restaurants in the area, you will find that the local options fulfill anything you might need.

The closest major airport to Lake Leelanau is Cherry Capital Airport in Traverse City, about 24 miles from the center of Lake Leelanau.

If needed, the nearest urgent care is Provemont Family Care, located right in the center of the town. The nearest hospital is Munson Medical Center, about 30 minutes away, and Paul Oliver Memorial Hospital is also within an hour of the area.

On the Water

The lake has a natural narrow divide that separates the lake into two bodies of water. It runs for about 21 miles and is less than two miles wide at its widest point. The lake is fed by freshwater springs and creeks, allowing for beautiful, clear, blue-green waters.

Fishing and boating are a large part of the draw to this beautiful retreat. Fly fishing in the summer and ice fishing in the winter are perfect ways for nature lovers to spend their time! Sport fish found here include trout, walleye, perch, sunfish, and bass.

Residents can fish from the bank or water with access to public boat launches and ramps. Water skiing, tubing, and other water sports are commonly seen in this all-sport lake.

Local Attractions

Besides the lake itself, the area of Leelanau has its own charm. Leelanau is home to 10 different wineries, including Blustone Vineyards, Boathouse Vineyards, and Forty Five North Vineyard and Winery, all within a 20-minute drive of the lake.

Being close to Traverse City has its perks, with the town being the home of the National Cherry Festival each July.

Sleeping Bear Dunes and Pyramid Point, both around 30 minutes away from the lake, are perfect places for outdoor lovers to hike and explore.

Why Lake Leelanau?

If you're looking for a large lake that's next to one of America's Great Lakes, you've found the perfect match in Lake Leelanau!