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.  All donations are tax deductible to the extent of the law.

The Friends group has been working the past two years to raise funds for a new playground for the State Park.  To date, we have raised $152,385 for the playground.

Thank you to all of those that have us complete Phase 1 of the Leelanau State Park new playground project! We look forward to presenting you with phase 2 of this project and cannot wait to update you along the way with our progress. Thank you again!
For current updates, please visit the Friends of Leelanau State Park Facebook page:
Facebook: @FriendsofLeelanauStatePark

Please help us continue to raise the needed funds for the Leelanau State Park New Playground Project.
If you are still interested in donating to this project, please use the donate button below and stay tuned for Phase 2. Thank you!

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 event and fundraiser directly 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