Historic Fishtown on the shores of Lake Michigan.  Located in the heart of Leland.



Once the center of a commercial fishing village, Fishtown is the home of seasoned fishing shanties, smokehouses, charter boats, and old docks built directly on the outlet of the Leland River in Leland, MI. Home to the 2 fishing tugs, the Joy and the Janice Sue, Fishtown hosts one of the last commercial fishing operations on the Great Lakes.

In 1958, Louis Steffens launched the fishing tug Janice Sue, named after his 3-year old niece. In 1981, the Joy was launched and both tugs have become icons of the maritime traditions and experiences that reside in Fishtown. In 1975 the Leland Historical District (Fishtown) was listed on the National Registry of Historical Places.

Fishtown now also boasts one of the best shopping experiences you can find. Where else could you buy stylish Tug Stuff gear, grab a mouth-watering pretzel-bread sandwich from the Village Cheese Shanty, and then throw a fishing line in the water just feet from the shops' doorstep?!?


Please visit our friends & neighbors below




Fishtown Preservation
Leland Chamber of Commerce
Main Street Gallery
Village Cheese Shanty
Leland Harbor
Spork Tileart
The Riverside Inn
Bluebird Restaurant