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Leelanau State Park
The hike-in beach at this state park on Cathead Bay, at the tip of the Leelanau Peninsula, might just be the best secret you didn’t know about in Northern Michigan. The waters are Caribbean-clear, the beach is pristine, and at less than a mile long, the hike is an easy one—though it’s still out of the way enough to guarantee you won’t be sharing this oasis with many others. The rest of the park is a gem, too: 55 rustic campsites, 8.5 miles of hiking trails and the 1852-built Grand Traverse Lighthouse museum (15500 N. Lighthouse Point Rd., Northport, 231.386.7195, grandtraverselighthouse.com), where you can climb to the top of the light tower for a spectacular view of Lake Michigan. State residents need a Recreation Pass ($11 annually per vehicle; nonresidents, $8.40 per day).15310 N. Lighthouse Point Rd., Northport, 231.386.5422.
Charter Fishing ANGELA BROWN
For a true taste of this region’s fishing heritage—and an epic day trip—sign up for the thrill of a charter fishing trip into the open waters of the Big Lake. The Manitou Passage, with its twin Manitou Islands as a backdrop, is a picturesque spot to try your luck for chinook and coho salmon, steelhead, and lake and brown trout. Most charter fishing guides offer half-day and full-day trips for up to six people; ask if the captain participates in Michigan’s “Catch and Cook” program, which allows you to take your haul to a participating restaurant to have it cooked for you on the spot. Necessities: A cooler for your catches, proper clothing for the weather (it’s always chillier out on the water), and a fishing license. Charters out of Leland include Whitecap Charters (231.271.4524, CAPTJACKDUFFY.COM), Far-Fetched (231.941.4376, FAR-FETCHED.COM) and Fishtown Charters (231.256.9639, FISHTOWNCHARTERS.COM). Charters out of Glen Arbor include Reel Tales (231.334.3632, REELTALES.NET) and Watta Bite (231.409.0963, WATTABITE.COM). 22 MyNorth.com
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