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Lake-Leelanau is a small community located in the northern region of the Lower Peninsula, right at the point where Lake Leelanau joins Lower Leelanau Lake. This region is within twenty minutes of the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore and just north of Grand Traverse Bay. Lake Leelanau is known for its' fishing and boating opportunities, with numerous other recreational activities available in the area such as hiking and biking, canoeing, skiing and golf. Lake Leelanau lies in the heart of Michigan's picturesque wine country, with award-winning wineries and vineyards sprinkled among herb farms, orchards and quaint fishing villages. Just north of Lake Leelanau is the village of Leland and its' 100-year-old Fishtown. This "village within a village" features a wide variety of gift shops, antique stores, restaurants and galleries, along with all kinds of fresh and smoked fish. Charter boat-fishing trips and excursions are also available in Leland to the Manitou Islands. Many festivals and special events are held in the Lake Leelanau region, as well, such as the original Fiber Festival in Leland, which is an art show that features works in mediums of paper, clothing, tapestry, weaving, quilts and more. A National Polka Festival is held each year in the neighboring town of Cedar, and the annual Fishtown Wine and Food Festival is usually held in June.

Surrounding areas: Duck Lake, Michigan (2.9 mi), Suttons Bay, Michigan (3.1 mi), Leland, Michigan (3.6 mi), Cedar, Michigan (10.0 mi), Maple City, Michigan (11.1 mi), Old Mission, Michigan (11.3 mi), Northport, Michigan (11.4 mi)

Lake Leelanau Vacation Rentals

Lake Leelanau Hotels and Resorts

Hotels & Motels
Century Farms2421 N Jacobson RdSuttons Bay, MI4.3 mi.(231) 271-2421
Leelanau Country Inn149 E HBR HwyMaple City, MI11.1 mi.(616) 228-5060
The HomesteadWood RDG RdGlen Arbor, MI14.4 mi.(616) 334-5000
Americinn Motel & Suites1614 US 31 NorthTraverse City, MI15.7 mi.(231) 938-0288
Baymont Inn & Suites2326 North US 31 SouthTraverse City, MI15.7 mi.(231) 933-4454
Econo Lodge1065 M 37 STraverse City, MI15.7 mi.(231) 943-3040
Fairfield Inn By Marriott--Traverse City3701 N County DrTraverse City, MI15.7 mi.(231) 922-7900
Grand Beach Resort Hotel1683 N US Hwy 31 NTraverse City, MI15.7 mi.(231) 938-4455
Great Wolf Lodge3575 N Hwy US 31 STraverse City, MI15.7 mi.(231) 941-3600
Hampton Inn - Traverse City100 US 31 NTraverse City, MI15.7 mi.(231) 946-8900
Hampton Inn1000 US 31 NorthTraverse City, MI15.7 mi.(231) 946-8900
Knights Inn1941 US 31 NTraverse City, MI15.7 mi.(231) 938-1900
Park Place Hotel300 E State StTraverse City, MI15.7 mi.(231) 946-5000
Quality Inn1492 US 31 NTraverse City, MI15.7 mi.(231) 929-4423
Sugar Beach Resort Hotel1773 N US Hwy 31 NTraverse City, MI15.7 mi.(231) 938-0100
Sugar Beach Resort Hotel1773 US 31 NTraverse City, MI15.7 mi.(231) 938-0100
Super 8 Motel1870 N US Hwy 31 NTraverse City, MI15.7 mi.(231) 938-1887
Traverse Bay Inn2300 N US Hwy 31 NTraverse City, MI15.7 mi.(231) 938-2646
Traverse City Courtyard3615 W S Airport RdTraverse City, MI15.7 mi.(231) 929-1800
Elk Rapids Beach Resort8975 N Bayshore DrElk Rapids, MI15.9 mi.(231) 264-6400
Bayshore Resort833 E Front StTraverse City, MI15.9 mi.(231) 935-4400
Best Western Four Seasons305 Munson AveTraverse City, MI16.4 mi.(231) 946-8424
Days Inn And Suites Traverse City420 Munson AveTraverse City, MI16.6 mi.(231) 941-0208
Travelodge & Suites-traverse City460 Munson AveTraverse City, MI16.7 mi.(231) 947-5436
Traverse Victorian Inn461 Munson AveTraverse City, MI16.7 mi.(231) 947-5525
Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites3536 Mt Hope RdAcme, MI17.8 mi.(231) 938-2600
Sleep Inn And Suites5520 US 31 NAcme, MI17.8 mi.(231) 938-7000
Torch Timbers Inn9260 Se Torch LK DrAlden, MI22.6 mi.(231) 331-4050
Shanty CreekOne Shanty Creek RdBellaire, MI24.6 mi.(231) 533-8621
Bed & Breakfast
Cairn House Bed & Breakfast8160 Cairn HwyElk Rapids, MI16.9 mi.(231) 264-8994

Lake Leelanau Weather & Climate

The lake effect is quite strong on the northwest area of Lower Michigan near the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Park. This area has a distinct four-season climate, although Lake Michigan helps modify temperatures, keeping them cooler in late spring and early summer, and warmer during late fall and winter. Showers and thunderstorms are common in spring and summer, and precipitation is generally evenly distributed during the crop season of April through September, receiving an average of 17.45 inches of rain during that time. The lake also acts as a giant humidifier, increasing moisture content in the air throughout the year. However, extremely hot and humid summer days are not that common and don't last long in this part of the state. Snowfall varies greatly from season to season.

     Month       High Temp   Low Temp   Rainfall   Ocean Temp 
January 27°F 13°F 1.42 in. -
February 29°F 12°F 0.78 in. -
March 38°F 19°F 1.50 in. -
April 50°F 29°F 2.27 in. -
May 64°F 40°F 2.33 in. -
June 73°F 49°F 2.94 in. -
July 78°F 55°F 2.51 in. -
August 76°F 54°F 3.48 in. -
September 68°F 47°F 3.84 in. -
October 56°F 37°F 2.88 in. -
November 43°F 28°F 2.05 in. -
December 32°F 19°F 1.53 in. -

Lake Leelanau Map & Transportation

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The closest airports in the area are the Cherry Capital airport (TVC) located about 17 miles south of Lake Leelanau in Traverse City, Michigan, the Otsego County airport (GLR) located approximately 49 miles east of Lake Leelanau in Gaylord, Michigan, the Manistee County Blacker airport (MBL) located roughly 55 miles southwest of Lake Leelanau in Manistee, Michigan, and finally the Pellston Regional Of Emmet County airport (PLN) located around 60 miles northeast of Lake Leelanau in Pellston, Michigan.

Lake Leelanau Attractions

Golf Courses
Veronica Valley Golf CourseLake LeelanauMI 
Cedar Hills Golf CourseTraverse CityMI15.6 mi.
Elk Rapids Golf CourseElk RapidsMI16.0 mi.
Bay Meadows Golf CourseTraverse CityMI16.1 mi.
Crown Golf CourseTraverse CityMI16.1 mi.
Elmbrook Golf CourseTraverse CityMI16.1 mi.
Mitchell Creek Golf CourseTraverse CityMI16.1 mi.
Mistwood Golf CourseLake AnnMI19.0 mi.
Dunes Golf ClubEmpireMI20.5 mi.
High Pointe Golf ClubWilliamsburgMI21.2 mi.
Interlochen Golf ClubInterlochenMI23.6 mi.
Bellaire Golf ClubBellaireMI24.9 mi.
Chief Golf CourseBellaireMI24.9 mi.
Farm Golf ClubBellaireMI24.9 mi.
Hawks Eye Golf ClubBellaireMI24.9 mi.
Antrim Dells Golf ClubEllsworthMI26.3 mi.
Ski Areas
Sugar Loaf ResortCedarMI10.0 mi.
The Homestead ResortGlen ArborMI14.4 mi.
Shanty CreekBellaireMI24.6 mi.
Crystal MountainThompsonvilleMI33.8 mi.
Boyne USA ResortsBoyne FallsMI41.1 mi.
Nubs NobHarbor SpringsMI47.0 mi.
Treetops SylvanGaylordMI50.9 mi.
Caberfae Peaks Ski & Golf ResortCadillacMI52.7 mi.
Riverview HighlandsRiverviewMI106.0 mi.
State Parks
D H Day State ParkMI16.2 mi. 
Traverse City State ParkMI18.5 mi. 
Interlochen State ParkMI25.0 mi. 
Young State ParkMI37.1 mi. 
Dennos Museum CenterTraverse CityMI15.7 mi.(Multidisciplinary)
Zoos and Aquariums
North Eastern Wisconsin ZooGreen BayWI117.5 mi.

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