The “Glen Lake Area” refers to the greater area that includes the towns of Glen Arbor and Empire and even into Maple City, Burdickville, and the Narrows (the bridge between the two Glen lakes). Glen Arbor It is located about 30 minutes west of Traverse City, almost at the southern border of Leelanau County.
With views of the Sleeping Bear Dunes, crystal clear aqua colored waters and the scenic hilly landscape and warmer water temperatures than Lake Michigan makes Glen Lake a regional treasure. Glen Lake is Michigan’s 18th largest inland lake. The lake actually consists of two large bodies of water connected by a narrow channel crossed by a bridge (part of the the famous state road M-22), 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. The lakes empty into Lake Michigan via the Crystal River. Both basins make up 6,265 acres. It’s a deep lake, with maximum depth of 130 feet but only 17 miles of shoreline.
The closest commercial airline airport is Cherry Capital Airport (TVC), located in Traverse City, MI.
Although traffic is quieter than summer, and some businesses are only open seasonally, many local businesses and restaurants remain open during the winter months. During winter, the area becomes a beautiful winter spectacle and an outdoor winter playground for cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, ice fishing and downhill skiing, shopping, dining and exploring.
The closest full service hospital and ER is Munson Medical Center in Traverse City.
The Glen Lake Fire Department, with locations in downtown Glen Arbor and Empire, are equipped to handle medical emergencies on land and water.
Mark McBride, aka “Doctor Bear”, opened a practice in March of 2018 next to the Martin Company, right in the heart of Glen Arbor, MI (He sees patients on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays in Glen Arbor).
“Summertime weather” begins in early June with mild temps (60s and 70s) and spans through Labor Day. Average temps in July and August are usually in the 70s and 80s. While the visiting season winds down here in September, temps often still remain in the 60s and 70s until October.
Glen Lake is anything you’d like it to be! A quiet, relaxing time in a lakeside cabin or a busy time filled with events, dining, and mingling with locals and visitors in busy Glen Arbor. Visit our Itineraries page for some day trip ideas and activities.
Of course! The area is literally nature’s playground with endless options for kids and families including: dune climbs, hikes, swimming, beach play and more. Glen Arbor has a beautiful playground and outdoor park located just off State Street (across from Cherry Republic), and there are more playgrounds dotted throughout the area. From shopping to dining options, activities and down-time, this area will leave a wonderful impression on your children for years to come. There is plenty of family friendly recreation to seek (not to mention beach time!) and family friendly community and local businesses special events.
Absolutely. There are endless options for couples or singles traveling to the area, looking for a quiet escape. Explore quiet beaches, trails, upscale dining options and more during your stay. Glen Lake is the a great place to recreate, seek peace and reconnect. We are an eclectic mix of people, from a range of ages, cultures and backgrounds. You’ll find yourself at home and welcomed to the area.
Each little town in Leelanau has its own vibe and things to do, so have fun exploring! From Empire to Glen Arbor, Leland to Northport, Maple City to Cedar, Lake Leelanau and Suttons Bay.
Yes! Look for pet-friendly options when reserving your vacation rental. Or, if you’re just in town for a day, feel free to bring Fido! We only ask that you pick up after your pet and remember that the sidewalks are busy with lots of people (and other pets), so please be courteous of others.
There is a parking lot behind the Town Hall that is available for this a vehicle and boat trailer. The hall is located at 6394 Western Ave, Glen Arbor, MI 49636 | 231-334-3539
Northport, MI has the only public swimming pool in Leelanau County. Visit Northport Highlands to learn more. If you’re headed to Traverse City, you may visit the Grand Traverse YMCA with a pass or Membership.