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Empire is a small Village located on Lake Michigan, it is Leelanau County's most westerly town. Though they are along the shore of Lake Michigan you will not find a marina.
Empire's Village park is a perfect family vacation, right on Lake Michigan. It offers swimming, volleyball, basketball,swings, picnic tables and restrooms.
Empire is the home to the Headquarters for the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. With the National Lakeshore Park surrounding Empire the scenic beauty of the area has remained offering peaceful hiking and fishing, cross-country skiing,
mushroom hunting as well as photography. Every spring Empire hosts the Empire Asparagus Festival.
Empire is just a short 26 miles from Traverse City making this wonderful out of the way location.....not very far out of the way.