One BIG Fish

from Pete Taylor Ice fishing is not for everyone, but for those who enjoy braving the sometimes-nasty winter weather, it can be very rewarding. On January 18, 2013, Gordon Belanger of Lake Leelanau was fishing on South Lake Leelanau with his friends, Tony West (below), and John Mcpwethy when he landed a 15 pound brown trout. The fish was 30 inches long and had a girth of 17 ¾ inches. “I at first thought I had a large pike” commented Gordie, “but the excitement mounted when I finally saw the fish go by the hole and realized it was a... Read more

Leland Harbor Dredging Update

from Tony Borden With water levels in Lake Michigan at historic a historic low level, the Leland Harbor Commission is faced with a greater than usual challenge in funding the dredging the channel this year. Until about three weeks ago it was uncertain where the necessary funding would come from.  Fortunately, about three weeks ago Governor Snyder announced he was seeking to reallocate approximately $10 million from other parts of the current state budget in order to provide emergency funding this year for the many Lake Michigan and Lake Huron harbors that have been so heavily impacted by the low... Read more

Watershed Protection Plan

Read (pdf) Final Draft Approved 9-14-2010 TABLE OF CONTENTS CHAPTER 1 EXECUTIVE SUMMARY……………….1 CHAPTER 2 INTRODUCTION………………………….8 CHAPTER 3 DESCRIPTION OF THE LAKE LEELANAU WATERSHED…………….10 3.1 LOCATION AND SIZE ………………………………..11 3.2 WATER BODIES…………………………………………11 3.3 JURISDICTIONS………………………………………..14 3.4 POPULATION…………………………………………….16 3.5 LAND USE/LAND COVER …………………………17 3.6 GEOLOGY AND SOILS………………………………20 3.7 HYDROLOGY AND GROUNDWATER RECHARGE …..24 3.8 WETLANDS ………………………………………………24 3.9 FISHERIES ……………………………………………….28 3.10 EXISTING WATER QUALITY INFORMATION AND RESULTS FOR LAKE LEELANAU WATERSHED …29 3.11 HUMAN HISTORY …………………………………..42 3. 12 ECONOMY, TOURISM, AND RECREATION ….4 3.13 STEERING COMMITTEE INVOLVEMENT, STAKEHOLDER SURVEY SUMMARY AND RESULTS…47 3.14 LAKE LEELANAU WATERSHED PLAN SUCCESSES SINCE 2002………………50 CHAPTER 4 DESIGNATED... Read more

Remembrances of East Leland

by Warren G. Smith transcribed from the Leelanau Enterprise by Bert Thomas The following is an account written by Warren R. Smith, long-time summer resident of Leelanau County in 1954. It was submitted to the Enterprise by his son, Alden G. Smith of Rt. 1, Lake Leelanau and was carried in several installments in the Enterprise. It is a partial history of some of the residents and resorters who came to East Leland since 1908. Read (pdf) Read more