Welcome to Downriver!

Whether it’s trail town, greenways, charming downtowns, unique shopping, island living or Michigan’s statewide Iron Belle Trail, what makes us a distinct, appealing destination are the attractions that can only be found Downriver.

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Michigan’s “Must See” Southeast Coast

Thanks to visionaries who encouraged communities to collaborate rather than compete, the region commonly known as “downriver” has quietly evolved over the past two decades, into “must see” status.

With more than 100 miles of shoreline, some 10,000 acres of parklands, and 18 communities knitted together by 100-plus miles of trails and waterways, the region offers an electric mix of urban and natural settings unlike anywhere else in Michigan.


What to do

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Watch an Under the Radar Michigan "desktop daycation" episode for ideas on where to visit Downriver.
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Xtra Crafty in Southgate is a local studio for all ages to enjoy. Try a new craft, continue pursuing a hobby, or simply indulge in a fun night out with family and friends.
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Discover your own route on downriver trails right here.
community guide 2022


Downriver Communities

The Downriver area is made up of 18 unique and individual communities, framed by four major Michigan waterways: Rouge River, Huron River, Detroit River and northern Lake Erie.