Sports, Recreation & Outdoor Activities

Tours & Charters

Manitou Island Transit – Manitou Island Transit offers you a variety of ways to experience the beauty of the Manitou Passage.

Far-Fetched Fishing Charters – Large numbers of Kings, Cohos, Lake Trout, Brown Trout and steelhead stay in the waters of the Manitou passage near Leland, Michigan.

Rental & Gear Companies

Beach Watersports – Beach Watersports is Northern Michigan’s Choice for Watercraft rentals!

The River Traverse City – Located on Grand Traverse Bay in Traverse City, The River offers bike, kayak, canoe and standup paddleboard rentals at our location or delivered to you!

Sleeping Bear Surf & Kayak – new surfboards, skimboards and kayaks and gear, beach wear, board & kayak rentals, lessons, guided kayak tours of the magnificent Lake Michigan Sleeping Bear Sand Dunes Lakeshore.

Geo Bikes – Bike sales, repair and rentals in Leland – Bike gear too!

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Outdoor Organizations

Bike Leelanau advocates for, builds, and sustains easily accessible trails for all abilities, creating an environment which brings together a community centered around a love for outdoor opportunities, creating sustainable experiences for generations to come.

Shady Trails Camp – Shady Trails is a summer day camp located on Grand Traverse Bay near the village of Northport, that provides enjoyable learning experiences and recreational activities for children in a natural setting.

Leelanau Conservancy – We are the group that, since 1988, has worked tirelessly to protect the places that you love and the character that makes the Leelanau Peninsula so unique.

Schoolship – 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.

Leelanau Conservation District – The Leelanau District provides conservation education and land management assistance

Trails & Attractions

The Leelanau Trail – The Leelanau Trail enriches the Traverse area and Leelanau County by providing an interconnected network of trails, bikeways and pedestrian ways; and encouraging their use.

Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore – An amazing National park located mainly in Leelanau County and offering spectaculr hiking, camping and scenic opportunities. Also see our Sleeping Bear Dunes Guide!

Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail 27 miles of safe, non-motorized, multi-use transportation connecting the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore’s main visitor destinations with Glen Arbor and Empire.

Spring at Sleeping Bear Dunes

Sleeping Bear Dunes Covid-19 Changes

The Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore has announced modifications to operations to implement the latest guidance from the White House, Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC), and local and state authorities to promote social distancing.
Northern Lights Over Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore

Northern Lights Over Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore

Here's a little "Throwback Thursday" action from May of 2018. Lucy McClellan Hunter caught this amazing photo of the Northern Lights over Narada Lake in the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, and my favorite photo blog, NASA's Earth Science Picture of the Day, featured it!


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