Leelanau, an Indian word meaning: "Delight of Life,"
certainly reflects what can be seen when traveling this peninsula, one of
Michiganís gems. This name, suggested by Henry Schoolcraft, Michiganís
Indian agent during the mid 1800ís, aptly fits the feeling one gets when
looking over the pristine waters, clear blue sky and forested coastlines of
Grand Traverse Bay and Lake Michigan.
Leelanau County was officially established in 1863 with Northport as the County
Seat until 1882, when it was transferred to Leland. The lighthouse, at the
peninsulaís northernmost point, (currently a museum open in the summer), was
first constructed in 1858 to guide freighters through the Manitou Passage, and
marks the entrance to the Grand Traverse Bay. Leelanau Countyís scenery is
hard to beat: from the Sleeping Bear Dunes just north of Empire, to inland Lake
Leelanau, to the calm waters of Omena and Suttons Bays, there is plenty to do.
Not to mention the cherry orchards, or taking the summer ferry from Leland to
North Manitou Island. Leelanau County is truly a must-see for anyone who has an
interest in Michigan, no matter what season of the year.