Wooden rails used long ago to move lifesaving boats between a boathouse and the Lake Michigan beach rest quietly under a blanket of snow at the former Coast Guard station near Glen Haven. The station now is part of Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore.
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A fish tug sits at dock in Fishtown in Leland.
Fishtown is an authentic remnant of history, a collection of structures grouped around the river mouth in Leland Harbor, which has been home the last few years to a variety of businesses that depend on tourists. At last inspection, there were a candy store, several clothing shops, a cheese and sandwich shop, some gift shops, and a shoe store.
Just down the dock is the office of the company that shuttles passengers to both North Manitou Island and South Manitou Island.
And a few steps away, you’ll find downtown Leland, with a couple of blocks of shops and restaurants.
Two fish tugs, the Joy and the Janice Sue, are based in Fishtown, which is a tiny historic district in Leland, Michigan. It consists of docks lining both sides of the river and the old clapboard shacks that used to be mainly fishing related business. These days, many of the little shops are gift shops, but one still functions as headquarters for a commercial fishing operation.