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Here are the best things to do in Marine City, MI!  Come via boat & use a FREE daily well to enjoy the town a very short walk away!  Multiple shops, restaurants, and bars, rent a gazebo for weddings, public beach, kayak launch, free parks, and more.

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Downtown is a charming small strollable village midway between Lake St. Clair’s North Channel and the city of St. Clair, right on the St. Clair River.

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See more on dockage here @ How / Where to Dock in Marine City for FREE!  Or scroll down below to view the public launch ramp .5 miles from town.

Once you get tied up, head to town! Less than 200 yards walking down “Bridge Street” you’ll hit downtown’s Water Street where most of the action is!  From this block to the last block is only 4/10’s of a mile of shops & restaurants... and don’t forget to turn the corner at the end of your walk to not miss the historic Newport Pub for a beverage.

If you just came in for a more upscale dining experience and want to skip the downtown, you may walk the opposite direction from the marina, an easy couple blocks, to the historic Little Bar.

 Attention kayakers - We have a new launch (above)!  There is plenty of parking on the marina side for your vehicle if the three spots next to the launch are full.  You may drop off your kayak and walk across the bridge to park your vehicle.

There are multiple parks & several events year round in Marine City!  All along the waterfront are walkways with benches and tables in the shade where you may fish, ride a bike, or just relax and watch the freighters and boats cruise by.  There is also a waterfront amphitheater where outdoor concerts are held along with several events planned by the town businesses and its Chamber of Commerce.


A nice mix of shopping include the MC Marketplace where 70+ vendors share space with a huge variety of unique items.

Looking for whimsical & funky fun gifts and clothes, then your next stop is Vera Grace & Etta Mae’s.


For the antique lovers & fishermen, BIG River Antiques is a large store stuffed with so much, including Muskie lures, decoys, and NEAT nautical items.

These 3 shops are all pretty much in a row.

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NOW on to some R&R.   As you continue walking, you’ll see the large Marine City Fish Company. COOL place!   The vibe is definitely geared to water lovers - even though we like to be “in” Marine City, here you will feel you just arrived on vacation in the Florida Keys. Very lively, open, 2 floors of dining with garage doors open when the weather is nice.

Next stop is Gar’s Lounge & Restaurant. Be sure to wind your way around, there are several unique areas inside this old school bar, with dining areas, pool table room & bar, and outdoor patios in back & front.  Very giant burgers and big Boomba beers!

Newport Pub - As you proceed down the street you’ll see many other options, but don’t forget to turn the corner onto Broadway and you’ll arrive at the Newport Pub.  Exactly what you’d expect at the friendly neighborhood pub.  Recently bought, this husband wife team have been restoring this 18th century small local gem.  Mostly liquid meals served today with occasional food specials, but Newport Pub is hoping to bring full time meals in the future.  The Pub offers a mix of high tops, large bar area, and outdoor patio.


Besides many food & shopping options, for the family there is a free public beach, BBQ’s, picnic tables, playgrounds, sand volleyball, and restrooms.

Very easy to spend a full day or an evening out in Marine City.

Marine City is an historic waterfront Gem on the St. Clair River!

Walk the town, sit in the shade, watch the freighters, boats, and cruise ships pass you by.

Contact the City of Marine City Manager and rent our waterfront gazebo for your wedding banquet, birthday, or corporate event.

Summer event highlights include Maritime Days and Splash Bash, however, there are many monthly events, including live theater productions which may be found on the Chamber’s site


Need Bait or want to take a fishing charter on the St. Clair River in Marine City? Look no further than the local experts Hook One Bait, Tackle & Charters.

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Plenty of parking at the nearby Marine City Boat DNR Launch Ramp - and 5 minutes from Hook One for live bait!

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FUEL and Marine Supplies can also be found just past Hook One at the Belle River Marina.


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Looking for boat storage? 

Besides the Belle River Marina above, you may also find plenty of inside heated or outside storage for your boat and other sports equipment around Marine City, including Schneider's Motorsports which has opened a second location right on M29 (below).

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