Michigan's only port of Lake Erie
The Port of Monroe is the industrial, commercial, and recreational "Gateway" to the City of Monroe, Michigan. Located on Lake Erie and bisected by the River Raisin, the Port of Monroe is Michigan's only port on Lake Erie. It is located 35 miles south of Detroit, Michigan and 17 miles north of Toledo, Ohio. The Port of Monroe provides an important transportation alternative that many cities and states simply cannot offer to their manufacturers, shippers, and suppliers. Water Transport is the most cost effective and environmentally friendly mode of transportation. Freight rates per ton-mile for waterborne transport are as much as 60% lower than rates for other types of overland shipments. A 1,000 foot lake carrier can move a ton of freight more than 1,400 miles on one gallon of fuel. The amount of carbon dioxide emissions is also significantly lower in maritime transportation as compared to ground transportation.
The Port of Monroe is directly connected to: The Great Lakes - St. Lawrence Seaway System which extends 2,340 miles from Duluth, MN, eastward to the Gulf of St. Lawrence on the Atlantic Ocean. It connects the five Great Lakes: Superior, Michigan, Huron, Erie, and Ontario, serving 17 states and providing access to 15 major international ports. Since opening to navigation in 1959 more than 2 billion tons of cargo has passed through the St. Lawrence Seaway System.
The Port of Monroe is a deep draft commercial harbor with authorized depths of 21 feet in Lake Erie to the turning basins, which has an 18 foot depth. The Port has 1,50 feet of public dock on the turning basins, 1,500 feet of public dock on the River, 2,300 feet of private dock on the River (1,600 Feet-=Detroit Edison Company (DTE), 700 feet-Holcim) and approximately 28,000 feet of maintained Federal Channel
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The location provides premier transportation opportunities including being served by two class one railroads, Canadian National and Norfolk Southern. Monroe has access to major interstate and highway systems throughout the Midwest. The Federal Interstate Highway, I-75, leads directly into the Port of Monroe with connections to US-23, I-275, I-94, and I-80-90. Monroe's Custer Airport serves corporate and private airplanes with a 5,000' X 100 ' paved runway with full length parallel taxiway and a LPV approach (Lateral Precision Vertical Guidance) and the Port is within a 30 minutes drive to Detroit Metropolitan International Airport.