Welcome to the Glen Lake area, home to Big and Little Glen Lakes, including the quaint areas of Glen Arbor, Empire, Burdickville, and the Narrows, located amidst the The Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore.

Explore the Natural Beauty of the area Year Round!

Shop & Dine at the businesses open in the off-season, and join us for great community events. Play and Stay in Glen Arbor, then set out for your tour around the Leelanau Peninsula on M-22, and don’t miss the Wine Trails! Although our busiest season, Summer, has passed…there’s plenty to do and explore. The Glen Lake area is a perfect outdoor getaway.

Step away from the hustle and get refreshed in the beauty around Glen Arbor. Find a new trail to hike, a new view from a hilltop, find a store’s sale, try a new item on the menu, find something seasonal to drink, get a new book to read, buy a piece of art. Meet a friend, find a new friend! Drive around, hike around, bike around, and take in the smell of fresh air and fallen leaves on the ground.

Whether you seek pristine beaches, hiking, biking, water sports, snow-shoeing, cross-country skiing, superb art & music, majestic sunsets, museums, unique shopping, great food, fine wines, antiques or just an overall perfect place for a vacation get-away, our area offers something for everyone. Plan your next visit soon!


Area News

Explore the National Lakeshore…by snowshoes!

Explore Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore on snowshoes this winter! Join park rangers for a...

Holiday Marketplaces (you DON’T want to miss!)

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Toys for Tots | Leelanau County Campaign

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Shop Small Business Saturday

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Better than Black Friday…PJ Party in Glen Arbor + Holiday Events

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  • Upcoming Events

    December 20 @ 5:00 pm

    Annual Holiday Pot Luck Dinner

    The Annual Holiday Pot Luck Dinner, Sponsored By the Empire Area Community Center (EACC) will be...
    December 21 @ 4:00 pm

    Fundraising Concert | E Minor and Libby Liberty

    The next Empire Area Community Emergency Fund Concert will be held on Sunday December 21st from...
    December 27 @ 1:00 pm

    Ranger-led Snowshoe Hikes at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore

    Come explore Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore (National Lakeshore) on snowshoes this winter!...