Explore Whaleback Natural Area

Traverse, Northern Michigan's Magazine|July 2020

Explore Whaleback Natural Area
Climb this gentle slope to a ridge-top view of Good Harbor Bay, Pyramid Point and beyond.
JEFF SMITH

When Jeff Smith joined the magazine in 1981—and when he wrote this piece as the Editorial Director in 2005—the view from one of his favorite Northern Michigan spots was the same as it is today, thanks to the Leelanau Conservancy. Jeff is now the Communications Director for Groundwork Center for Resilient Communities.

To best appreciate Whaleback, first make a quick stop at another magical place for a brief geography lesson. Aim your car to Good Harbor Beach (corner of C-651 and M-22) and make your way to the water. Look north to see Whaleback from a distance and study the outline of this sloping promontory. You’ll understand why people—sailors, perhaps—named this local icon for its resemblance to those giants of the sea.

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July 2020