The Port of Monroe is Michigan’s only port on Lake Erie, and is fast becoming recognized for its excellent features related to low cost water transportation of raw materials. Monroe County is fortunate to have easy access to all major forms of transportation, including highway, water, rail and air modes of travel. Several important transportation routes are clustered into a major corridor located in the eastern portion of the County, running parallel to the Lake Erie shoreline. This corridor includes several important highways as well as a number of railroad tracks.
Monroe Harbor Michigan
- Located on the lower reach of the River Raisin, which empties into Lake Erie, 36 miles south of Detroit, Mi.
- Authorization: River and Harbor Acts of 24 Feb 1835, 3 Jul 1930.
- Deep draft commercial harbor.
- Authorized depths of 21 feet in Lake Erie to the turning basin, which has an 18 foot depth.
- 143rd leading U.S. port with just over 1M tons of material shipped or received in 2007.
- The average of the highest five years over the last ten years of material shipped is 1.8M tons, ranked 37th among the Great Lakes Harbors.
- Approximately 28,000 feet of maintained Federal channel.
- 200 plus acres zoned industrial.
- 1,500 feet of public dock on turning basin.
- 1,500 feet of public dock on the River
- 2,300 feet of private dock on the River (1,600 feet-Detroit Edison, 700 ft-Holcim).
- Sterling State Park Confined Disposal Facility is located just north of the harbor.
- Major stakeholders include The Detroit Edison Company (DTE); Michigan Paving and Materials Co. (MPMC); Omnisource Inc; Gerdau MACSTEEL; Ford Motor Company; U.S. Coast Guard; and Lake Carriers’ Association.
- Property served by two railroads (Norfolk Southern, Canadian National).