Friends of Leelanau State Park

The Friends of Leelanau State Park was created in 2017 with a formal partnership agreement with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources to support the Leelanau State Park and its programs for the benefit of the community, campers and day visitors.  The Friends of Leelanau State Park is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization under the Grand Traverse Lighthouse Museum.  All donations are tax deductible to the extent of the law.

In the last two years, the Friends of Leelanau State Park have worked diligently to complete our most recent project, our new playground.

Thank you to all of those that have us complete this project for Leelanau State Park! We look forward to many smiling faces and families getting to enjoy this awesome new addition. Come check it out and thank you again!

For more updates, please visit the Friends of Leelanau State Park Facebook page:

Donations always accepted and appreciated:


Here’s how you can help:

1. Donate!

  • All donations are tax-deductible

2. Participate! (100% of proceeds via these events will be going to our playground fundraising efforts)

  • Virtual Rock the Light 5K Run /Walk: This race can be done anytime/anywhere between April 15 and December 1. Register for this event, choose your date then run or walk a 5k (3.1 miles). Learn more here.

3. Share!

  • Help us by sharing our Facebook Facebook page to your social media accounts or by word of mouth. You can find daily updates on this webpage or via either of our social media accounts

Follow us on Instagram and Facebook:
Instagram: @friends_of_leelanau_state_park
Facebook: @FriendsofLeelanauStatePark -OR- @GTLIGHT

Leelanau State Park Information

The Grand Traverse Lighthouse is located inside the Leelanau State Park. Located on the Lake Michigan shoreline, the park offers rustic camping and three mini cabins. With 8-1/2 miles of hiking, skiing and snowshoe trails, picnic areas, and a scenic overlook area, there’s plenty to do here and if you’re lucky, you may even find a Petoskey stone.

For more information about the Leelanau State Park, visit the Michigan DNR web site at