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President’s Letter

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from Rick Thompson
Winter around Lake Leelanau has been pristine, interesting and entertaining. We have enjoyed observing a variety of wildlife including coyote, fox, deer, eagles, rabbits, and squirrels by the dozens, all foraging for food to sustain them through the winter. We have also enjoy hiking and numerous outings on snowshoes, cross country skis and snowmobiles.

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One BIG Fish

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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.

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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 water.

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Watershed Protection Plan

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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
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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.

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