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Leland

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Historic Sites · Wineries & Vineyards · Wildlife Areas
Leland is an unincorporated community in the U.S. state of Michigan. It was the county seat of Leelanau County from 1883 to 2008, when a new government center was completed in Suttons Bay Township, closer to the county's geographic center.Leland is located in Leland Township, which provides local government services. It is on M-22, at the mouth of the Leland River (also known as the Carp River) on Lake Michigan.Leland is the departure point for ferry service to both North and South Manitou Islands. The Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore is nearby and Traverse City is about 25 miles to the southeast. Leaving Leland, going south on M-22, there is a sign that reads "45th Parallel Halfway Between Equator & North Pole."HistoryLeland is built on the site of one of the oldest and largest Ottawa villages on the Leelanau Peninsula. Where the Leland (Carp) River flows into Lake Michigan, there was a natural fish ladder (which was a traditional Native American fishing grounds). The settlement was called Mishi-me-go-bing, meaning "the place where canoes run up into the river to land, because they have no harbor" or alternatively Che-ma-go-bing or Chi-mak-a-ping.
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Historic Site
Fishtown
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Duration: 1h 30 min
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Wildlife Area
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Duration: 2 hours
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Winery / Vineyard
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Fishing Charter / Tour
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National Park
Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore Empire
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Duration: 8 hours
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Empire Bluff Trail Empire
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Scenic Drive
Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive Empire
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Winery / Vineyard
Black Star Farms Suttons Bay
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Duration: 2 hours

Hidden gems in Leland

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Winery / Vineyard
Verterra Winery
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Duration: 2 hours
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Outdoor Activity
Van's Beach
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Duration: 2h 30 min
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Island
South Manitou Island
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Duration: 2 hours
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Winery / Vineyard
Gill's Pier Vineyard
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