Outdoors in Leelanau County

Leelanau County Outdoors

Peterson Road Beach

The Lake Michigan beach at the end of Peterson Road is one of the most beautiful and secluded beaches in the Lakeshore. There is a…

Peterson Road Beach

Platte Plains Trail

The Platte Plains trail system has about 15 miles of trails through the maple-beech and pine forest that gives the hiker access to Otter Creek,…

Platte Point Beach

This beautiful area where the Platte River flows into Lake Michigan is a busy place during the hot summer days. It is the end of…

Platte Point Beach

Sleeping Bear Birding Trail

Michigan’s Sleeping Bear Birding Trail (“SBBT”) spans an exceptional migratory flyway and thousands of public acres along the Lake Michigan coastline. The Trail is home…

Sleeping Bear Birding Trail

Swanson Preserve

.3-mile boardwalk over wetlands Towering white pines, cedar swamp Cardinal flower, rare fern species River otters along wooded shoreline Marsh birds, abundant waterfowl “Sonny’s Farm”…

Teichner Preserve

The Preserve features an enormous elm tree and chestnut tree, unique among all Leelanau Conservancy properties. Early settlers likely planted today’s giants, while later inhabitants…

The Crystal River

The Crystal River flows from Glen Lake to Lake Michigan and canoes and kayaks can be rented in Glen Arbor. You will enjoy the peaceful…

The Crystal River

The Platte River

This gentle river at the southern end of the Sleeping Bear Dunes is great for tubing, kayaking or canoeing and finishes at Platte Point Beach…

The Platte River

Whaleback Natural Area

This 10,000-year-old glacial wonder near Leland is an iconic landmark that helps to define our unique Lake Michigan coastline. Whaleback’s fragile bluff rises 300 feet…

North Bar Lake

North Bar Lake is one of the most popular beaches in the Lakeshore because it has shallow, clear water over a sandy bottom makes for…

North Bar Lake

Bay View Trail

A total of 8 miles, divided into loops, this trail ranges from easy to moderate. Lookout Point gives a panoramic view of Lake Michigan and…