Thanks to The Monroe News for this:
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 boasts over 85 acres of cargo laydown area immediately adjacent to its deep draft dock frontage, while offering over 300 acres of heavy industrial property for transportation related developments.
The Port of Monroe, which is directly connected to the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Seaway System, is a deep draft commercial harbor with authorized depths of 21 feet in the main shipping channel of the River Raisin and 18 feet in the Port’s turning basin.
The Port of Monroe has roughly 25 feet of draft at its 2,000-ft Riverfront Dock, and 22 feet of draft at its 1,000-ft Turning Basin Dock.
The Port also includes 1,500 feet of private dock space, serving DTE Energy’s Monroe Powerplant.
Paul C. LaMarre III, is the Director of the Port of Monroe, MI, and is responsible for the oversight of Michigan’s only Seaport on Lake Erie.
The Great Lakes Shipyard is a full-service shipyard for new vessel and barge construction, maintenance and repairs, and custom fabrication in a state-of-the-art facility that includes a 300-ton floating drydock.
Originally established in 1932, The Port of Monroe also has the distinction of being the only Michigan port created by Public Act (PA) 234 of 1925, also known as the Port Districts Act.
The Michigan Office of the Great Lakes works to protect and restore Michigan waters classified as part of the Great Lakes in the U.S. – supporting sustainable communities, restoring degraded waters, managing water quality and quantity, and preventing water degradation caused by aquatic invasive species.
As steel, paper and other commodity industries grew along Lake Erie’s shores and along the River Raisin, the growth of the Port of Monroe and the Monroe Harbor region grew in both size and economic importance.
Today, the Port of Monroe is still a major Monroe employer and has recently supported the needs of numerous businesses that have called the Port of Monroe home in recent years, including the Barnhart Crane & Rigging Company, DTE Energy, Gerdau MACSTEEL and Michigan Paving and Materials Company- Ventower Industries.
The Port of Monroe also serves as the focal point past and present for the Riverfront Marina, Mooner’s Marina and Roe’s Riverside Bait and Tackle.
The City of Monroe also has a public boat launch on the River Raisin at Hellenburg Park. Other Monroe waterfront parks including Veteran’s Park and Roessler Field also encompass the Port of Monroe ecosystem along with Monroe’s riverwalk public river access. Sterling State Park, located on the edge of Monroe and in Frenchtown Township, also has a boat access area and considered part of the Port of Monroe region.
Monroe Harbor itself is a significant business enterprise – classified as a deep draft commercial harbor that ranked 140th in shipping in the U.S. with more than 1 million tons of material shipped or received in 2008.
There are over 21 feet of general draft depths in Lake Erie, 18 feet in the turning basin for boats to enter or exit, and over 5 miles of maintained shipping channel.
Bulk commodities that pass through Monroe Harbor — including petroleum products, coal, stone and aggregates — generate $66 million annually in direct revenue and $14 million annually in personal income and support over 300 jobs.
The Port of Monroe
10 Port Ave.
Monroe, MI 48161