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A small town in Leelanau County, Mich., treats locals and tourists to these marvels daily

Overview for Leland, MI

311 people live in Leland, where the median age is 63.3 and the average individual income is $37,360. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.


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63.3 years

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Welcome to Leland

Top vacay spot in Northern Michigan with rustic fishing charm 
There’s something unique about a location sitting in a historic district surrounded by the beautiful sights and sounds of water. Leland, a small town in Leelanau County, Mich., treats locals and tourists to these marvels daily. 
The small fishing town is immersed in the beauty of the blue hues of Lake Michigan to the west, Lake Leelanau to the east, and the calming pristine rushing waters of the Leland River running in the middle of the town.

What to Love

  • Downtown brimming with love for art and art galleries, a string of specialty shops, and Fishtown shanties
  • Plenty of well-built rentals
  • Plenty of beaches
  • Walkable shops, restaurants, and attractions

Local Lifestyle

Leland is still a small, laid-back fishing hub with a rural feel. Fondly called Fishtown, this is the only functional commercial village in Michigan. Locals have turned most shanties into art, clothing, and unique dish stores.
Fascinatingly, though many of its stores have been converted, Leland locals have kept alive the fishing village vibe established by settlers who moved there in the 1830s. 
It’s hard to miss the weathered docks that carry the town’s long fishing history. Leland lives true to its Fishtown nickname, and locals and tourists are spoilt for choice with the sheer number of activities.  
It’s common to run into fishing nets hanging out to dry, and fishing vessels are always ready to take people on excursions to the North and South Manitou Islands. Tourists drive or bike to town, or you can get a quick boat rental depending on where you want to go.

Dining, Entertainment & Shopping

You’ll run into many T-shirt and clothes boutiques in Leland. Momentum, Tug Stuff, and Leland Gal have some of the best T-shirts and clothes, and the town is full of great stores for everything you can think of, including delicious ice cream.
Get fragrant coffee from joints like Blue Boat along Leland’s Main Street, ice cream and trinkets from Harbor House, and a good read from Leelanau Books
Take your pick between cozy watering holes such as Bluebird Restaurant & Tavern and quaint restaurants serving hot and sweet sandwiches to four-course meals such as Trish’s Dishes, and taste more than 60 types of cheese at Village Cheese Shanty.
Grab the best-smoked trout and various seafood at the family-owned Carlson’s Fishery. You won’t go wrong with a stop at Rick’s Cafe, which serves a “Chubby Mary”—a Bloody Mary with smoked fish inside that gives it a distinctly delicious taste.
The Cove is a go-to restaurant for gourmet seafood, to-die-for Bloody Marys, and fresh white fish (you can either dine in or get a curbside pickup). The deck is inviting and graces guests with sweeping views of the Leland River.
Just outside the Leland metro, Good Harbor Winery treats guests to tantalizing locally-made wines and makes for an ideal stopover on your way out of Leland.

Things to Do

Don’t miss out on the Leland Wine and Food Festival, which takes place in the middle of town in mid-June every year. You can enjoy local award-winning wines from 13 Leelanau Peninsula wineries and a local brewery. Meanwhile, local eateries provide tasty dishes.
And if you’re in the mood for a pleasant showcase of Leland’s transportation culture, catch the Leland Heritage Festival around September 21. This annual festival takes place in multiple locations in town and includes exhibitions of cars and boats, some of which are a century old. You also get to wine and dine as you listen to live music.
For a more upbeat, fun-filled boating event, check out the Barbecruise at the Leland Yacht Club in early August. Participants bring wittily decorated boats and show them off at Nedow’s Bay to an onlooking crowd and a panel of judges sitting inside a yacht. The ultimate crown for the winning boat is the coveted Mermaid Flag. Spectators are allowed to bring a picnic lunch to eat with friends and family at Bartholomew Park.
The Cove also hosts an event called Here Comes the Sun Party, usually held on the last weekend of May to kick off summer in style. Revelers must be at least 21 to attend and enjoy a dose of live music.
Leland is also the perfect spot to catch the ferry to the forest-cloaked North or South Manitou Islands. Alternatively, get your beachwear ready and head to one of the town’s best beaches, like Schneider Beach, Van’s Beach, or Christmas Tree Beach.


Leland Public School is the only high school operated by the Leland Public School District. This school is ranked 44th in Michigan, with high graduation rates, reading proficiency, and AP exam scores.

Demographics and Employment Data for Leland, MI

Leland has 166 households, with an average household size of 1.81. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. Here’s what the people living in Leland do for work — and how long it takes them to get there. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. 311 people call Leland home. The population density is 318.78 and the largest age group is Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.


Total Population


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Median Age

35.05 / 64.95%

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  • Less Than 9th Grade
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The following schools are within or nearby Leland. The rating and statistics can serve as a starting point to make baseline comparisons on the right schools for your family. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.
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Around Leland, MI

There's plenty to do around Leland, including shopping, dining, nightlife, parks, and more. Data provided by Walk Score and Yelp.

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Points of Interest

Explore popular things to do in the area, including Dune Bird Winery, Northern Latitudes Distillery, and Dam Candy Store.

Name Category Distance Reviews
Ratings by Yelp
Dining 4.01 miles 11 reviews 5/5 stars
Dining · $$ 3.6 miles 77 reviews 4.8/5 stars
Dining · $$ 0.23 miles 5 reviews 4.8/5 stars
Dining · $$ 0.18 miles 4 reviews 5/5 stars
Dining 0.22 miles 4 reviews 5/5 stars
Dining 0.17 miles 4 reviews 5/5 stars
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