Leelanau County is near the center of Michigan. Leelanau County has a land area of 347.17 square miles and a water area of 2,185.02 square miles. The county is ranked 63rd in population for the state of Michigan. Leelanau County has over 7,100 acres of State Forest Land, which accounts for around 3% of the total land in the county. The terrain is mostly rolling hillsides with several small wetlands nestled between hills and a few glacial till plains spread throughout.
The majority of the soils in the area are well-drained sandy mixtures with the rare admixture of clay or organic soils. The soils of Leelanau County mainly supported northern hardwoods on highland sites. The agricultural landscape in this county is driven by orchards. Leelanau County is Michigan’s top cherry producer. The unit’s county’s most important winter yarding complex is the Solon Swamp in central Leelanau County. Traditional winter yarding areas may also be found in riparian corridors such as Bodus Creek, Shalda Creek, Leo Creek, and Houdek Creek.
Riparian corridors also serve as crucial migration pathways for deer and other wildlife. Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore is based in Empire, Michigan, and encompasses over half of the Leelanau Peninsula’s western shore. Antler Point Restrictions (APR) have been in effect in Leelanau County since 2003. After 5 years, a second survey was performed, and the findings showed enough support for the APR to keep them in place. Because Leelanau County is a peninsula, its deer population is fairly separated from those of neighboring counties.
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