The Port of Monroe is the industrial, commercial, and recreational gateway to the City of Monroe, Michigan. The Port of Monroe is Michigan’s only Port on Lake Erie, bisected by the River Raisin. The Port is 35 miles south of Detroit, Michigan and 17 miles north of Toledo, OH. The Port of Monroe provides an important transportation alternative that many cities and states simply cannot offer to their manufacturers, shippers and suppliers.
As Michigan’s only Port District, the Port of Monroe has witnessed a rebirth. As an active seaport gaining the attention of the entire Great Lakes transportation industry, the Port has achieved its highest tonnage throughputs since its creation in 1932 and received the first commercial port funding of its kind for from the State of Michigan for major infrastructure improvements.
The Port of Monroe is directly connected to the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Seaway System, which links 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 location of the Port provides premier transportation opportunities including direct access to two Class I railroads, Canadian National and Norfolk Southern. Additionally, Monroe has access to Interstate 75 and highway systems throughout the Midwest.
In recent shipping seasons, the Port has reported its highest tonnage numbers on record. Commodities are highly diversified and include coal, limestone, synthetic gypsum and liquid asphalt, as well as project and break-bulk cargoes including natural gas pipeline sections, steel coils, and wind energy components.