Monroe County was established in July 1817, as one of the first steps in the organization of Michigan Territory after the war of 1812. As one of Michigan's oldest communities, historic treasures abound giving Monroe County both national & global appeal. In addition, the same natural resources that attracted Monroe's early settlers...Lake Erie, the River Raisin and the bounty that come with them, are still attracting new residents and travelers to this day, making Monroe County Michiganâ€™s #1 Visitor Destination.
Downtown Manistee Marketplace is home to nearly 150 businesses and community resources. River Street features an eclectic mix of retail shops, galleries, antique stores and restaurants. Several eateries have outdoor decks, overlooking the Manistee River Channel and the Riverwalk. Discover our downtown today!