Fishtown is a historic village filled with fishing shanties perched on the banks of the Leland River. Formerly known as the Carp River, this 0.9-mile waterway runs over a damn and connects Lake Leelanau to Lake Michigan. The weathered, waterfront buildings were converted into shops that are open seasonally, from late spring to early fall. In the middle of winter, as a glaze of ice forms on the river, the shanty village looks like a ghost town. The only signs of life are the fishing tug Joy and the Manitou Island Transit ferry, both tied up at the dock.
"Fishtown" village in Leland, Michigan on December 22, 2014.