lies in the Leelanau Peninsula
of the U.S. state
. The entire lake -- which includes two bodies of water, usually referred to as North Lake Leelanau
and South Lake Leelanau
-- covers about and lies within Leelanau County
. The lake is also sometimes known as Carp Lake.
Lake Leelanau connects on the northwest to the Leland River
, which runs for one mile (1.6 km) to Lake Michigan
. Between North Lake Leelanau and South Lake Leelanau the water narrows for about a mile near the unincorporated community of Lake Leelanau
A bridge crosses the narrows on M-204
. Just south of the bridge is Fountain Point
, an historic and scenic landmark as well as a popular summer resort.
On the southern end, South Lake Leelanau ends in a marshy area fed by several small creeks, and the waters access the community of Cedar in Solon Township.
Lake Leelanau runs through the middle of the Leelanau Peninsula; it is about at its widest. The south lake includes , the north lake includes , and the lakes have a total shoreline of about . The south lake has an average depth of , and a maximum depth of ; the north lake has an average depth of and a maximum depth of .
Recreational activities on the lake include water skiing, boating, sailing and fishing.