Glen Lake

GLEN LAKE IS A LAKE LOCATED IN LEELANAU COUNTY IN THE U.S. STATE OF MICHIGAN, NEAR LAKE MICHIGAN.

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”. The two bodies, collectively referred to as Glen Lake, are at the same level and hydrologically similar. The total surface area of the two bodies are 4,871 acres and 1,415 acres respectively, with maximum depths of 130 feet and 13 ft respectively. There was a point in time when the lakes were actually the same depth, but sand blown from the adjacent Sleeping Bear Dunes is slowly filling in Little Glen. Big Glen Lake is nearly perfectly round, while Little Glen is more elongated. The lakes empty into Lake Michigan via the shallow Crystal River which winds through Glen Arbor.

The lake is located in a spectacular setting of wooded rolling sand hills just east of the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. It is considered by many to be one of the most beautiful lakes in the Great Lakes region. Its waters, filtered by the underlying and surrounding sands, are remarkably clear and pure, and glow with an iridescent indigo blue. Its beauty, purity, and lack of large waves make it a popular lake for vacationers, with opportunities for boating, swimming, and fishing. Sportfish present include yellow perch, smallmouth bass, northern pike, brown trout, and lake trout.