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A Guide to the Rivers and Lakes
of Grand Traverse and
Leelanau Counties, Michigan

All publicly accessible rivers and inland
lakes and their access points for these two
favorite northwestern Michigan counties.

Jim Stamm • 231-882-5673

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The Book

The northwestern 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. It’s 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!



Availability...

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)...

Benzonia
• Backcast Fly Shop

Beulah
• Benzie County Conservation District
• Crystal Lake Adventure Sports

Elberta

• Conundrum Café

Empire
• Sleeping Bear Dunes Visitors Center

Frankfort
• Frankfort Chamber

• Point Betsie Lighthouse Gift Shop
• The Book Store

Glen Arbor
• The Cottage Book Shop
Honor
• Riverside Canoe Trips
• Tag Limit Outdoors

Lake Ann
• Lake Ann Grocery


Leland
• Leeleanau Books


Northport
• Dog Ears Books

Traverse City
• Brilliant Books
• Horizon 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 Library
    • Beulah – Darcy Library
    • Frankfort – Benzie Shores District Library
    • Thompsonville – Betsie Valley District Library

  • Grand Traverse County
    • Fife Lake – Fife Lake Public Library
    • Kingsley – Kingsley Public Library
    • Interlochen – Interlochen Public Library
    • Old Mission Peninsula – Peninsula Community Library
    • Traverse City
      • East Bay Branch Library
      • Traverse Area District Library

  • Leelanau County
    • Empire – Glen Lake Community Library
    • Leland – Leland Township Library
    • Northport – Leelanau Township Library
    • Suttons Bay – Suttons Bay Bingham District Library



Retailers...

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, ISBN-10: 1512109118.


Benzie County Rivers, Lakes, and Creeks

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 Traverse City.

More Benzie

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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