Recreation and Fitness

Monroe County has been dubbed the “Gateway to Michigan” because of its strategic location along the state’s southernmost boundary, but it’s a significant crossroads, too. It’s where the meandering currents of the River Raisin bisect the county and blend with the blue-green waves of Lake Erie.

It’s a place where work meets play like almost nowhere else in Michigan. The county has more golf courses per capita than any other county. Sprawling Sterling State Park, with its mile-long Lake Erie beach, draws tourists from near and far. It has marinas and harbors and fishing spots that make it a mecca for boaters and anglers. It has dozens of campgrounds, charter-fishing boats, hunting grounds and natural areas. Annual events such as the Monroe County Fair and River Raisin Jazz Festival draw thousands to the area.
In short, it’s a place that tourists wish they could call home and a place that locals are proud to call home.


Bicycling on the trail


Home to numerous golf courses


Sailing on Lake Erie

Sledding at Munson Park