Displays at the Cannery Boat Museum include commercial fishing tools and ice harvesting tools and equipment and and small craft. Commercial fishing gear includes a unique wooden fishing sled, net anchors, fish and net boxes. In the days before mechanical refrigeration, commercial fishnet harvested blocks of ice from local lakes and used it to preserve their catch on it way to market. They used the ice saws, plows, and spuds like those on display. The boats on display include  The Searcher a 36' U.S. Lifesaving Service surfboat that was converted to a commercial fishing boat in the mid 20th century. The Cannery Boat Museum is part of Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore.  National Park Service visitor passes are required for admittance. 

Glen Haven Canning Company
Glen Haven Canning Company
Kerry Kelly 2006 (NPS website)
Gear of the Commercial Fishermen
Gear of the Commercial Fishermen
Michigan Sea Grant
Gear of a Recreational Angler

What you can do here

Boat Viewing, School or Group Tours, View Exhibits

Hours: 11 AM to 4 PM. Memorial Day through Labor Day
5289 Glen Haven Road
Glen Arbor, MI 49636
GPS: 44.90422, -86.02664
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