On the shore of Lake Michigan, Carlson's Fishery is a living link to a long Great Lakes maritime heritage. Nels Carlson, a Norwegian immigrant, began a legacy on the Leelanau Peninsula where the Carlson family has been operating a fishery for over a century. Five generations of the Carlson family have adapted and handed down traditions transforming a small dock in beautiful Leland into what is now Historic Fishtown.The Carlson family has worked hard to keep their commercial fishing culture alive. They have maintained their livelihood over the years by creating an environment that promotes a sustainable business. Known for their delicious products, Carlson's Fishery offers customers a variety of smoked fish, as well as their original smoked whitefish sausage and pâté. A taste of Carlson’s merchandise is a taste of Michigan history.