Hall Beach–Leland at a Glance
birding, campfire pit, canoeing, easy, flat terrain, kayaking, lake frontage, porta potty, public beach
Year Preserved: 1996
Hall Beach (Also Known as “Van’s Beach”) features crashing waves, blue skies and sugar sand. Protected in 1996, Hall beach preserves both Leland’s community character and its scenic view of Lake Michigan. The beach is Leland’s first public beach on Lake Michigan since the harbor was constructed in 1970. It lies at the base of the south break wall of the harbor and was originally owned by the Hall family. The beach area was made possible by the Hall Family and the Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund. It lies at the base of the break wall and connects Fishtown to the rest of the public beach to the south which was gifted by the Miller Taylor families. Linked together, these areas create an uninterrupted protected area from Fishtown to where the trail comes down to the water from the parking area at the road end of Cedar street – for both wildlife and public to enjoy. A favorite place for watching Lake Michigan sunsets, Hall Beach also protects historic Fishtown from future commercial development. Nearly 240 feet of shoreline along Lake Michigan and 300 feet along the Leland Harbor are forever protected.
The Leelanau Conservancy and the Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund provided over 90 percent of the funding for its purchase by Leland Township.
Hall Beach Access
Coming north on M-22 into Leland, turn left at Van’s Garage (the only gas station in town) and go straight ahead on Cedar Street to the parking lot or park along Lake Street. You can access the beach by following the trail off of the public parking lot. Please do not park in front of people’s homes.