“Why did I choose to work for Fishtown Preservation in northern Michigan, knowing no one, for my last college-given summer?”
Fishtown: All Summer Long!
When you’re planning for summer, be sure to leave room for Fishtown! Click for more info…
Team Up for the Fishtown 5K
Teams are now official for the Friends of Fishtown 5K! Click to learn how to form yours…
Our Fishtown 2015 Video!
We asked you for the photos. This is what Fishtown was for you in 2015…
Because Fishtown Matters
Fishtown is changing — but in a good way. Click for more info…
Our Fishtown 2014 Video!
Click here to see Fishtown through all of our eyes…
Fishtown: Now in book form
FIshtown ... a whole world
How Can I Help?We're Preserving the Past, Present and Future of Fishtown. We Are Fishtown Preservation.
Who We Are
Fishtown is a collection of weathered fishing shanties, smokehouses, overhanging docks, fish tugs and charter boats along the Leland River in Leland, Michigan. The heart of a commercial fishing village, Fishtown is where we can still see and feel a connection to the long tradition of Great Lakes maritime culture.
Fishtown Preservation is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to preserving the historical integrity of Fishtown and ensuring that it continues as a publicly accessible and authentic connection to local and regional history, Great Lakes commercial fishing, and maritime traditions and experiences.
Few places are as real as Fishtown. Here we can preserve a living link to a long Great Lakes maritime heritage, as well as to our own families and memories. We want to ensure that Fishtown remains alive for future generations. Your participation will make all the difference for Fishtown.
After asking hundreds of people about their vacations and childhood memories, I turned the question to myself: Why did I choose to work for Fishtown Preservation in northern Michigan, knowing no one, for my last college-given summer?
The only thing more fun than showing your love of Fishtown is doing it as part of a team. If you’re partaking in this year’s Friends of Fishtown 5K (Saturday, July 23), why not do it as part of a team?
As visitors, we don’t often notice the finer details of a working community. We see painters, boaters, fishermen and shop owners, day after day, but we assume they’re here because the place is beautiful and one of a kind. We forget that they’re also working. Whether they’re selling paintings, smoking whitefish sausage or scooping ice cream, many of them have five months to earn enough money to support their families for an entire year. In the summer Fishtown swells with families and friends on vacation, but it is also full of families and friends working to preserve Fishtown for visitors, year after year.