M-204 (Michigan highway)

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M-204 marker

Route information
Maintained by MDOT
Length: 7.220 mi[2] (11.619 km)
Existed: July 12, 1933[1] – present
Major junctions
West end: M‑22 near Leland
East end: M‑22 near Suttons Bay
Counties: Leelanau
Highway system
M‑203 M‑205

M-204 runs across the Leelanau Peninsula between Leland and Suttons Bay in the northwestern Lower Peninsula of the US state of Michigan. The trunkline runs through a rural section of Leelanau County, connecting two villages with the county seat. Originally a gravel road in 1933, it was later paved within the first three years of existence. Segments were realigned to straighten curves in the late 1930s and early 1970s near the villages of Lake Leelanau and Suttons Bay.

Route description[edit]

M-204 starts at an intersection with M-22 (Manitou Trail) south of Leland next to Duck Lake. From there it follows Duck Lake Road along the south shore of Lake Leelanau's northern lobe. The two-lane roadway runs eastward and then southeasterly through a mixture of woods and fields to the village of Lake Leelanau. One there, M-204 follows Phillip Street across the Narrows and turns northeasterly.[3][4] The bridge that the trunkline uses is eligible for listing on the National Register of Historic Places.[5] Outside of town, the highway follows Duck Lake Road again past the county seat of Leelanau County. Near the intersection with Horn Road, M-204 turns southeasterly toward the village of Suttons Bay. As the trunkline descends a hill into the village, it passes through vineyards and woods. Inside town, M-204 follows Race Street and ends downtown at M-22 (St. Joseph Avenue).[3][4]

Like other state highways in Michigan, M-204 is maintained by the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT). In 2011, the department's traffic surveys showed that on average, 3,397 vehicles used the highway daily in Suttons Bay and 2,931 vehicles did so each day near the western terminus, the highest and lowest counts along the highway, respectively.[6] No section of M-204 is listed on the National Highway System,[7] a network of roads important to the country's economy, defense, and mobility.[8]


M-204 was first designated on July 12, 1933 between Leland and Suttons Bay along what is today Duck Lake Road.[1] The highway was paved by the middle of 1936.[9] The road was realigned on July 13, 1939, across the narrows of Lake Leelanau in the village of the same name.[10] Another realignment near Suttons Bay was completed on March 26, 1956, to smooth out a curve in the road.[11] A second completed on May 4, 1956, straightened a curve by Sylt Road east of Lake Leelanau.[12] The western section was completely rebuilt between Duck Lake Corner and the Lake Leelanau Narrows Bridge to smooth out curves in the roadway. Sections not obliterated by the reconstruction were turned over to local control as Main Street or Old M-204 in Lake Leelanau when the project was finished on July 1, 1970.[13]

Major intersections[edit]

The entire highway is in Leelanau County.

Location Mile[2] km Destinations Notes
Leland 0.000 0.000 M‑22 / LMCT (Manitou Trail) – Empire, Northport
Suttons Bay 7.220 11.619 M‑22 / LMCT (St. Joseph Avenue) – Traverse City, Northport
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Michigan Department of Transportation (July 2005). Right-of-Way Maps for Leelanau County (Map). Sheets 43-1 through 45A.
  2. ^ a b Michigan Department of Transportation (2009). MDOT Physical Reference Finder Application (Map). Cartography by Michigan Center for Geographic Information. http://www.mcgi.state.mi.us/prfinder/. Retrieved July 6, 2012.
  3. ^ a b Michigan Department of Transportation (2012). State Transportation Map (Map). 1 in:15 mi / 1 cm:9 km. Section F8–F9.
  4. ^ a b Google, Inc. "Overview Map of M-204". Google Maps (Map). Cartography by Google, Inc. https://maps.google.com/maps?saddr=M-204+E%2FE+Duck+Lake+Rd&daddr=Race+St&hl=en&sll=44.991391,-85.765028&sspn=0.014629,0.01457&geocode=FQqQrgId0ELj-g%3BFZ9ZrgIdfCDl-g&oq=Sutt&t=h&mra=ls&z=12. Retrieved February 12, 2008.
  5. ^ Staff (May 13, 2002). "M-204–Lake Leelanau Narrows". Michigan's Historic Bridges. Michigan Department of Transportation. Retrieved July 7, 2012. 
  6. ^ Bureau of Transportation Planning (2008). "Traffic Monitoring Information System". Michigan Department of Transportation. Retrieved June 30, 2012. 
  7. ^ Michigan Department of Transportation (April 23, 2006) (PDF). National Highway System, Michigan (Map). Cartography by MDOT. http://www.michigan.gov/documents/MDOT_NHS_Statewide_150626_7.pdf. Retrieved October 7, 2008.
  8. ^ Adderley, Kevin (August 26, 2010). "The National Highway System". Federal Highway Administration. Retrieved January 1, 2011. 
  9. ^ Michigan State Highway Department (June 1, 1936). 1936 Official Michigan Highway Map (Map). Cartography by Rand McNally. Section F8–F9.
  10. ^ Michigan Department of Transportation (July 2005). Right-of-Way Maps for Leelanau County (Map). Sheet 43-3.
  11. ^ Michigan Department of Transportation (July 2005). Right-of-Way Maps for Leelanau County (Map). Sheet 44.
  12. ^ Michigan Department of Transportation (July 2005). Right-of-Way Maps for Leelanau County (Map). Sheet 43-2.
  13. ^ Michigan Department of Transportation (July 2005). Right-of-Way Maps for Leelanau County (Map). Sheets 43-1 and 43-2.

External links[edit]

Route map: Google / Bing