This 1,350 acre State Park is divided into two sections, one at the tip of the peninsula and another, larger area four miles south. Between these two sections are private properties, as well as Lighthouse West, a Leelanau Conservancy Natural Area.
The northern park area and Lighthouse West are excellent migrant staging area in spring if the weather isn’t right for the birds to overfly Lake Michigan. The northern park and campground provide easy access to the rocky shoreline. Check the woods and shrubby areas around the campground, picnic area and lighthouse. The rocky shoreline sometimes has shorebirds and the shallow water along the shoreline can be good for waterfowl. Migrating waterfowl are often seen offshore. A Michigan State Park Recreation Passport is required for entry.
About four miles south of Lighthouse Point on County Road 629 is Densmore Road (just north of the Woolsey Memorial Airport). Turn on Densmore Road at the Leelanau State Park sign and travel about 1 mile to the parking area. The six miles of color-coded trails in this area meander through northern hardwood forests, wooded wetlands, dunes and to the Lake Michigan shoreline. Canopy nesters like Scarlet Tanager and Blackburnian warbler can be found here. A Bald Eagle nest on the south shore of Mud Lake can be seen from Densmore Rd. and the Orange Trail, and the eagles are seen frequently in the area.
Directions: From Northport, head north on M-201 through the Village, taking M-201/Mill Street north out of town. M-201 becomes Co. Rd. 640/Woolsey Lake Rd. Stay on Co Rd. 640/Woolsey Lake Rd. Stay straight as Co. Rd. 640/Woolsey Lake Rd. becomes Co. Rd. 629/Woolsey Lake Rd (Co. Rd 640 splits off to the right). Continue on Co. Rd 629/Woolsey Lake Rd for approximately 3 miles when it becomes Co. Rd. 629/Lighthouse Point Rd. Continue on Co. Rd. 629/Lighthouse Point Rd for approximately 3 miles following signs for the Leelanau State Park Campground.