Glen Lake

Glen Lake is a lake located in Leelanau County in the U.S. state of Michigan. Several villages and hamlets lie along or near its shore, including Burdickville, Glen Haven, and Glen Arbor. The lake actually consists of two large bodies of water connected by a narrow channel passing under a state route 22 bridge. The larger body to the east being referred to as "Big Glen Lake", and the smaller body to the west as "Little Glen Lake". The two bodies are hydrologically the same, and collectively referred to as Glen Lake. The total surface area of the two bodies are 4,871 acres (20 km2) and 1,415 acres (6 km2), with maximum depths of 130 feet (40 m) and 13 ft (4 m) respectively. There was a point in time where the lakes were actually the same depth but the sand from the Sleeping Bear Dunes has slowly filled in little Glen. Big Glen Lake is nearly perfectly round, while Little Glen is more elongated.

The many trails, roads and elevations in the area make Glen Lake a popular destination for running training. At the end of August, many prestigious colleges and high schools send students from athletic programs to the Glen Lake area for training. Some of these institutions include the University of Michigan and the University of Virginia.

According to local legend, Glen Lake was recognized as the most beautiful lake in the world by National Geographic Magazine, though National Geographic flatly denies ever publishing such a ranking (similar legends persist among property owners and locals around other nearby lakes, most notably Torch Lake in Antrim County, which claims to have been ranked third).

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Glen Lake
Location Leelanau, Michigan
Basin countries United States
Surface area 6,200 acres
Max depth 130 ft