The Leelanau Scenic Heritage Route begins on M-22 on the east side of Leelanau County at the Traverse City/Elmwood Township line and traverses north along Grand Traverse Bay/Lake Michigan to the Village of Northport, then down the west side of the County turning off on M-109 through Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, then back to M-22 through Empire to the Benzie County line. The Route also includes the County connector, which is east-west road M-204 that runs across the center of the County and crosses over Lake Leelanau at the Narrows. The Leelanau Scenic Heritage Route was officially designated a Michigan Scenic Heritage Route by the state legislature in 2002.
The Heritage Route Committee works to protect the natural and rural landscape with its many vistas and open spaces such as the orchards, vineyards, fields, hills, valleys, forests, and waterways; and the historic, cultural and recreational attributes. The Committee members include representatives from the County, each township and village, the Michigan Department of Transportation, Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians, non-governmental organizations, and citizens.
The LSHR committee meets quarterly on the 4th Monday at 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM at the Leelanau County Government Center. Below is the 2016 LSHR Committee meeting schedule:
- January 25th 2016
- April 25th 2016
- July 25th 2016 (tentative)
- September 26th 2016
For questions, comments, and more information contact us via Networks Northwest:
PO Box 506
Traverse City, MI 49685