Northern Michigan's commercial fishing heritage remains alive today in Leland's Fishtown! Walk along the docks, amongst the weathered fishing shanties, smokehouses, racks of drying fishing nets, and fish tugs on the Leland River, and you can imagine what it would have been like in the early 1900s to live and work in this small fishing village, nestled along the shore of Lake Michigan. Fishtown still operates as one of the only working commercial fishing villages in the state of Michigan.
Many of the shanties now house delightful gift and clothing boutiques, art galleries and specialty food shops. Summer bustles with activity, and during colder seasons the docks become quiet and tranquil. Visit Fishtown anytime of the year, and discover why it remains a favorite destination for visitors and locals alike! Fishtown was designated a Michigan State Historic Site in 1973 and listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1975.