Parking

We’re glad you chose to visit Downtown Marquette! We are pleased to provide a parking solution to meet your needs, whether you are visiting, working or residing in Marquette’s Downtown District:

Complimentary Parking

The upper level of the Bluff Street Parking Ramp, lower Commons Lot, Spring Street Lot, Baraga Lot and Rock Street Lot offer complimentary 2-hour parking. Free 2-hour parking is also available on-street where there are no parking meters, including North Third Street to Fair Avenue. Complimentary all-day parking is available in the Lower Harbor Park Parking Lot, except for reserved marina spaces.

Metered and On-Street Visitor Parking

Downtown Marquette’s modern parking meters feature smart technology, offering visitors convenient payment options including coins, credit and debit cards and flexible stay times ranging from one to three to ten-hour parking limits depending on location. Parking time limits, rates and enforcement hours are easily identified on each meter’s digital display screen. The parking rate is 50 cents per hour; however, users may insert quarters, dimes or nickels for shorter stays.

On-street parking meters are located on the 100 block of East Washington Street, the 100, 200 and 300 blocks of West Washington Street, the 100 block of East Main Street, the 100 block of West Spring Street, the 100, 200 and 300 blocks of West Baraga Avenue, South Third Street and the 100, 200 and 300 blocks of South Front Street.

A short parking meter instructional video can be viewed below.

Pay Stations

Downtown Marquette has moved to a pay station parking system in the lower level of the Bluff Street Ramp and in the North Main Street Lot. This modernization in parking allows for multiple methods of payment and extension of time, helping to create a more seamless visit. Upon parking, users are required to enter their license plate number into the pay station and make the appropriate payment for their desired stay-time following the simple instructions on the display panel. Parking rates are 50 cents per hour, with cash and credit card payments accepted. Quarters, dimes and nickels will purchase shorter stays.

Written Instructions:
Smart Meter and Pay Station Instructions

Parking is enforced Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Rental Permit Parking

Rental parking permits are available from the Downtown Development Authority for those who park downtown on a regular basis.

The DDA maintains and manages eight parking lots in the downtown district. Five of the lots are shared between rental (long-term) parkers and short-term customer/visitor parking. Several are dedicated for either customer only or rental permit only parking. A parking permit allows you to park your car for the day in any of the parking lots designated as “Rental Permit Parking.” The rental rate is $25 per month, and permits are invoiced quarterly. Overnight permits are available for downtown residents at a rate of $35 per month to park in designated parking lots. Please note, overnight parking is not permitted in the upper level of the Bluff Street Parking Ramp, the North Main Street Lot and the Lakeshore Boulevard Lot. Temporary parking permits are also available; contact the Marquette Downtown Development Authority at (906) 228-9475 for more information on this option.

By purchasing a parking permit in downtown and parking in “rental permit designated lots”, you are contributing to the well-being of the downtown district. First, you are saving the best spaces for customers and clients and allowing them to find convenient parking. The experts tell us that the annual value of one customer parking space is $70,000 in retail sales to downtown businesses. Secondly, all parking revenue is reinvested into snow removal and maintenance of safe streets, sidewalks, walkways and parking areas throughout the downtown district.

Once again, thank you for parking where it makes “cents” and for helping keep downtown strong!

Parking Permit Registration Form

Downtown District Parking Guide – July 2017

Marquette Parking Study (2013)

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