Entries by leelanau.com

Glen Lake Community Library

The library has served the residents of Empire, Glen Arbor, and Kasson townships since 1977. The library was first housed in an annex of the former Bolton Department Store building in Empire. In 1983, the library moved down the street to its current location, previously used as the Empire Fire Hall. Over the past few […]

Glen Haven

Glen Haven was first a refuge for schooner and steamboats traversing Lake Michigan from Chicago to the Straits of Mackinaw. When these boats would dock at Glen Haven they would be restocked with fuel (wood), fresh food, and additional supplies. As Glen Haven grew, farmers and lumbermen shipped their products out of the dock at […]

Hall Beach

Also known as Vans, and located on the best stretch of beach in Leelanau County (then again aren’t they all), Hall Beach is right next to the south side of the Leland Harbor breakwall. The beach is perfect sand and the floor of the lake is the same, no rocks to hurt your feet. The […]

Kehl Lake Trails (Leg Lake)

Nearly 3/4 of Kehl Lake is undeveloped, a rare gem in Leelanau County. It is a perfect place for a hike, with two trails totaling 2 miles. The trails leads hikers through open fields that used to be the Kehl’s family farmland, and virgin forests with 200 year old trees. At the end of the […]

The Great Lakes Schoolship (Inland Seas Education Association)

The Inland Seas Education Association (ISEA) is a non-profit organization whose mission is to help people of all ages experience the science and spirit of the Great Lakes through shipboard and on-shore programs. The knowledge gained through these experiences will provide the leadership, understanding and commitment needed for the long-term stewardship of the Great Lakes. […]

Leelanau Historical Museum

The Leelanau Historical Museum is located in Leland, overlooking the Carp (Leland) River. The museum’s exhibits are designed “to reflect the cultural history of the Leelanau Peninsula and its islands from the time of first human habitation.” The displays change every few month and are always beautifully presented. The Anishnabek Exhibit is a permanent exhibit […]

The Sleeping Bear Point Maritime Museum

The Sleeping Bear Point Maritime Museum is a restored U.S. Life-Saving Station, located a few miles south of the abandoned town of Glen Haven. The Life-Saving Station was built in 1901 and relocated in 1931 when shifting dunes started to bury it. An identical Life-Saving Station was buillt on South Manitou Island at the same […]