Leland River

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Leland River
Physical characteristics
Main source Lake Leelanau
45°00′55″N 85°45′31″W / 45.0153°N 85.7586°W / 45.0153; -85.7586[1]
River mouth Lake Michigan
45°01′25″N 85°45′44″W / 45.0236°N 85.7623°W / 45.0236; -85.7623Coordinates: 45°01′25″N 85°45′44″W / 45.0236°N 85.7623°W / 45.0236; -85.7623
Length 0.9 mi (1.4 km)

The Leland River is a short river in the U.S. state of Michigan. Located in the unincorporated community of Leland, the river is 0.9 miles (1.4 km) long[2] and connects Lake Leelanau with Lake Michigan, winding past historic Fishtown,[3] a dam and two restaurants.[4] The dam was built in 1854 and it raised the water level in the river and in Lake Leelanau as much as 12 feet (3.7 m). As the dam prevents boat traffic, launches are provided on both sides.[5]

The river was formerly known as Carp River, a term that is still often used today.


  1. ^ "Leland River". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. 
  2. ^ U.S. Geological Survey. National Hydrography Dataset high-resolution flowline data. The National Map Archived 2012-04-05 at WebCite, accessed November 21, 2011
  3. ^ Leelanau.com, Fishtown
  4. ^ WZZM-TV, Grand Rapids
  5. ^ cadillac.net