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Michigan counties of Grand Traverse and Leelanau have an abundance of inland lakes:
146 named lakes, and many, smaller unnamed lakes. (And over 214 lakes when you include
neighboring Benzie County.) The size of the lakes range from 2 to nearly 8,000 acres.
Seven of them are in the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore (all in Leelanau
County). There are also five rivers, the Betsie and Boardman Rivers in Grand Traverse
County, and the Cedar, Crystal, and Leland Rivers in Leelanau County.
This handy book provides the essential details for all 65 of the publicly and easily
accessible inland lakes and the in-county pieces of the five rivers in these two
counties, as well as all of their access points. This guide is for anyone accessing
these rivers and lakes, especially boaters anglers, canoeists, kayakers, other
paddlers, and any recreational watercraft users.
Some of the details offered include:
- For each river location, description, length, paddle time, depth, width, difficulty,
link to Google Maps, and more.
- For each river section length, paddle time, other details about that section,
depth, link to Google Maps, and and shuttle roads.
- For each lake general location, general description, lake area, shoreline length,
depth, inlets and outlets, link to DNR map (for some), link to Google Maps for the
lake area, peninsulas, islands, and general surroundings.
- Complete access details for ALL boat launches and access sites, including: type
of access site and what 's offered at each, GPS coordinates, a link to Google Maps,
and detailed road directions.
Also included are maps of the two counties showing the general location of all
covered lakes and rivers, and the major roads around them. If you'd like a more detailed
map, check out Northwest
Michigan (folding map) from Universal Maps,
This book covers Grand Traverse and Leelanau Counties. Its intended as a complement
to the A Guide to Benzie County Michigan Rivers, Lakes,
and Creeks book, which covers 33 of that county's 58 inland lakes, 2 of its 4
rivers, and 5 of its many creeks all the navigable and publicly accessible inland
water in Benzie County.
Whatever kind of boating you do, you'll find this guide invaluable. Keep a copy in
your boat, vehicle, or cottage for easy reference!
This book is available at these fine establishments throughout the Benzie County
area, as well as Empire, Glen Arbor, Leland, and Northport (Leelanau County) and
Traverse City (Grand Traverse County)...
Backcast Fly Shop
Benzie County Conservation District
Crystal Lake Adventure Sports
Sleeping Bear Dunes Visitors Center
Point Betsie Lighthouse Gift
The Book Store
The Cottage Book Shop
Riverside Canoe Trips
Tag Limit Outdoors
Lake Ann Grocery
Dog Ears Books
Ask for it at your favorite bookstore they can order it. Although you are very
much encouraged to shop locally, should it be needed, this A Guide to the Rivers and Lakes of Grand Traverse and Leelanau Counties,
Michigan book is also available online at Amazon.
This book is also available at the following libraries:
- Benzie County
- Benzonia Benzonia Public
- Beulah Darcy Library
- Frankfort Benzie Shores
- Thompsonville Betsie
Valley District Library
- Grand Traverse County
- Fife Lake Fife
Lake Public Library
- Kingsley Kingsley
- Interlochen Interlochen
- Old Mission Peninsula
Peninsula Community Library
- Traverse City
- East Bay Branch Library
- Traverse Area District Library
- Leelanau County
- Empire Glen Lake
- Leland Leland Township
- Northport Leelanau Township
- Suttons Bay Suttons Bay
Bingham District Library
If you're in the Benzie, Grand Traverse and/or Leelanau County area, please contact
me for wholesale arrangements. If you're outside that area, the book is availabe
via book distributors such as Ingram, Baker & Taylor, and NACSCORP.
The details for the book are: "A Guide to the Rivers and Lakes of Grand Traverse
and Leelanau Counties, Michigan" by Jim Stamm ISBN-13: 978-1512109115,
Benzie County Rivers, Lakes,
This book is intended as a complement to A Guide
to Benzie County Michigan Rivers, Lakes, and Creeks, which covers 33 of that
county's 58 inland lakes, 2 of its 4 rivers, and 5 of its many creeks all the navigable
and publicly accessible inland water in Benzie County.
More Rivers and Creeks
See the Northwestern Michigan River Guide page for
details about many rivers in northwestern Lower Michigan, most within an hour of
You might also appreciate the Benzie County Michigan
Trail Guide which provides the details for 25 trails for hiking, mountain biking,
cross-country skiing, and snowshoeing in the county.
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