History of Greilickville Waterfront

In the 1930s, the former coal dock was created by filling the Great Lakes bottomlands of West Grand Traverse Bay. The Greilickville corridor served the Traverse City community as an industrial waterfront for more than 70 years, bringing fuel, road salt, and other commodities to the region.

Greilickville mid-70s - marinaEven during the period when coal was regularly off-loaded at the former coal dock, a working recreational marina was in operation, creating additional boating opportunities for the members of our community.


In the 21st century, the Greilickville corridor has the potential to be a thriving marina district that will continue to serve the residents of and visitors to Traverse City and the surrounding region. This transition from an industrial waterfront into an environmentally sound and economically beneficial Marina District is part of Elmwood Township’s master plan to bring new life and vitality to the M-22 corridor and Greilickville.

To learn more about the history of the Greilickville Waterfront, visit these articles from The Leelanau Enterprise:

Coal Dock History’s Still Being Made

‘Port Leelanau’ Only a Memory

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