• Grand Traverse Bay

    Grand Traverse Bay

  • Downtown Traverse City

    Downtown Traverse City

    West Bay City Marina

  • Leelanau County National Lakeshore

    Leelanau County National Lakeshore

    Explore the Shoreline

  • Experience Northern Michigan

    Experience Northern Michigan

    From the Waterline

  • Northern Michigan

    Northern Michigan

    Fly Fishing

  • Riverside Property

    Riverside Property

    This is living

  • National Cherry Festival

    National Cherry Festival

    Air Show over the Water

  • National Lakeshore Beach

    National Lakeshore Beach

    Explore the Shoreline

  • Waterfront Access

    Waterfront Access

    Living on the Water’s Edge

Travel Diaries

Globetrotters share their amazing backpacking experiences and stories.

  • Glen Lake

    Glen Lake

    The lake actually consists of two large bodies of water connected by a narrow channel crossed by the State Route 22 bridge, with the larger body to the east being referred to as “Big Glen Lake” and the smaller body to the west as “Little Glen Lake”.

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  • Crystal Lake

    Crystal Lake

    In 1873, an effort was made to connect Crystal Lake with Lake Michigan via a channel. The lake level of Crystal Lake was higher than that of Lake Michigan and when the channel was opened, the water level in Crystal Lake dropped about 20 ft (6.1 m).

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  • Grand Traverse Bay

    Grand Traverse Bay

    Grand Traverse Bay Known for its shimmering blue water and golden sand beaches, the Grand Traverse Bay region is a popular vacation destination, year round. The bay is 32 miles long, 10 miles wide, and up to 620 feet deep in spots.

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  • Higgins Lake

    Higgins Lake

    National Geographic designate “6th most beautiful lake in the world”. Higgins Lake is known for its crystal clear water, sandy shore lines and artesian wells supplying over 50% of its water. Higgins Lake is Michigan’s 10th largest lake with over 9,000 acres of clear water drawling recreational and fishing enthusiasts year round.

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  • Torch Lake

    Torch Lake

    The name of the lake is not due to its shape, rather, is derived from translation from the Ojibwa name Was-wa-gon-ong meaning “Place of the Torches”, referring to the practice of the local native American population who once used torches at night to attract fish for harvesting with spears and nets.

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