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Southeast Region
Sterling State Park
2800 State Park Road
Monroe, Michigan   48162

Phone: 734-289-2715
Reservations: 800-447-2757
Sterling State Park


Sterling State Park


Sterling State Park
'looking north down beach'

looking north down 1 mile of sandy beach at sterling in distance is fermi nuc power plant cooling towers at stoney point mich

Sterling State Park
'rest-change rooms beach'

changing room bathroom and covered area next to playscape and beach

Sterling State Park
'beach looking north'

looking north down beach 1 mile of sandy beach the two specs in upper are the fermi power plant cooling towers

Sterling State Park
'1300 acres rec fun'

The only state park on Lake Erie, Sterling State Parks 1,300 acres offers great recreational opportunities including over one mile of beach, boating, shore fishing on Lake Erie and the fishing lagoons, lakefront camping, wildlife viewing and 6 miles of trails.

Sterling State Park

Sterling State Park
'playing on beach sterling'

child playing on sandy beach 1 mile of beach at sterling state

Sterling State Park
'looking south on beach'

looking south down beach at sterling state park this sandy beach is in front of 100 plus camping spots in back ground is edison coal burner monroe power plant

Sterling State Park
'american eagle nests'

there are american bald eagles that nest nest to the south of the park on the detroit edison power plant property no trespassing but some times you can see them soaring over the beach

Sterling State Park
'michigan fall colors'

just a beautiful picture of pure michigan in the fall

Sterling State Park
'main road sterling park'

main paved road into monroe sterling state park

Sterling State Park
'south fishing lagoon'

south fishing and nature trail lagoon 3 mile nature trail and great fishing

Sterling State Park
'double rainbow'

double rainbow over sterling state park

The only state park on Lake Erie, Wm. C. Sterling State Park's 1,000 acres offers great recreational opportunities within an hour of Detroit. Swimming, boating, fishing, camping and wildlife viewing have all been upgraded with the 2003 park reconstruction.

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Day use areas are surrounded by water and include one mile of sandy beach on Lake Erie, vending machines, a modern toilet building, grills, picnic tables and a playscape that is shared with the campground.

Five picnic shelters are available. The Heron and Red Oak shelters can be reserved by calling 734-289-2715.
A total of seven miles of trails provide opportunities for hiking, biking and exploring. The 2.9-mile paved Marsh Trail circles one of the marsh lagoons in the park. A 0.6-mile hiking trail follows the Lake Erie shoreline. These trails include eleven interpretive stations, an observation deck and a covered pavilion with spotting scopes.

Trails in the park:

Sterling-Marsh Trail - 6 (Miles), Biking, Hiking, Cross Country Ski, Barrier-free Facilities
Things To Do in the Area
Camp Patmos - Kelleys Island, OHFamily Outting
Week long youth camps. Located on the shores of Kelleys Island. Guests will learn to sail, wakeboard, waterski while enjoying the beauty of the Lake Erie island.
Web Site: camppatmos.com
39 miles from park*
Visitor Comments, Memories and Reviews
May 5 Been comin here 30 years!! by Jennifer
My parents had taken me to Sterling state park since I was a young child. When I had my daughter in 2000 she was only 6 days old her 1st time coming here (I took her in the water with me and everything, n now she is a great swimmer, always joke that it was because of this) and now we are planning on having her 13th bday party out there!!! There are problems with biting flys but bug spray reapplied fairly often helps alot!! We love coming here. Came out for the fireworks a couple times also...one time there was a huge thunderstorm n we just covered with the blanket n waited it out n watched the fireworks from the water after the storm... good times!!
June 27 Great Walking or Bike Riding Trails by Vivian
July 23 nice campground is clean by linda ,,,brown eyes
enjoy the camp ground just have to get the sight you like take a drive and reserve early i did mine in march lol to get where we wanted to camp.they have a area where or labador can swim also great fishing ,only battle is biting flys but i solved that using yard gaured early in morning then they dont bug ya lol.
July 7 Great by Lyin
May 28 Nice park by C in Waterford
I feel that some of the reviews were written in haste. If you do not research the available sites and are just assigned one you may not get the area you want. There is more than one circle to camp in. THe field is just one. They have many sites available that are in full shade. THis is one of my favorite parks, the facilities are great. Of course they mow on Sunday afternoon... most people are not sleeping on Sunday afternoon. It is not their fault you happened to be. I have camped in tent there several times, and have been in a lovely area with trees and paths. It is very nice. Be careful how you belittle a business due to one bad experience and next time do your homework and choose a better spot.
July 13 No what we expected at all by Tent Living
We were very disappointed in the fact that there was no shade to be had on our site (which I believe is advertised as some shade on website). We have a tent and baked all the time we were there. Our only relief was the beach and the water. The lack of trash containers was unbelievable for as many campers that were there. We noticed quite a few rules being broken while we were there and not enforcement, ie. dogs on the beach, alcohol in the park and the people beside us were not considerate of other campers, their dog was barking (approx 10 feet from our tent) while we were trying to sleep and the kids were yelling back and forth. Also, mowing of grounds taking place on a Sunday afternoon (we are trying to nap) We did enjoy the trail around one of the lakes, clean restrooms and showers (also great setup) and the beach was nice, but we were very disappointed in the over all setting (one big open field, not mentioned on website). We are pretty sure we will not be using this park again.
July 12 by dog40
great place if you like to bake in the sun, not a tree on any site,dnr very rude
July 3 Shell seeking place for Children of all
Children of all ages can enjoy both swimming and shell seeking, while enjoying your waters of Lake Erie. A beautiful spot to camp, cook out and let the kids run free...
November 9 TRAILS by Thomas
Awesome trails thru lagoons .Definitely would go back in each season .I would recommend to friends .
June 26 A wonderful park. A Lake Erie Gem. by The Bakkkers of Newport MI.
A very clean park, great rest rooms, and a well thought out campground. Super trails for walking and biking. The staff is couteous and knowledgable. I highly recommend this park to anyone. The beach does get crowded on the weekends so weekdays are best if you can.
May 7 Beautiful beach 2 miles of beach by Terry monroe mi
great summer get away for kids and adults play area for kids, beautiful beach on Lake Erie, clean beach, with picnic tables and grills, up to date restrooms close to beach best state park in Michigan if your looking for a weekend get a way this is the place to go
May 9 I just love it by PaulMarley
nic eplace very close to my house i go every day in summertime
May 8 pine river
April 26 Excellent walking/riding trail by Michelle Austin
Beautiful walking or riding trail along the water

Area Campgrounds

Harbortown RV Resort
14931 LaPlaisance Road
Monroe, MI

River Raisin Canoe Livery
Plank Road
Dundee, MI

Area Fishing Related Businesses
Erie Party Shoppe
6838 Laplaisance Rd
Monroe, MI
(734) 457-0006

Charlie's Boat & Bait Market
13468 Laplaisance Rd
Monroe, MI
(734) 241-1545

Area Accommodations (over 15 miles away)
Indian Creek Camp Conference Center - Tecumseh, MICampgrounds
Enjoy Southeast Michigan's Best Family Camping experience at our clean, quiet, friendly campground. Jumping Pillow, WiFi, Paddle Boats, Minigolf, Swimming, Bicycling and more
Web Site: indiancreekcamping.com
30.5 miles from park*
Camp Patmos - Kelleys Island, OHConference Center
Week long youth camps. Located on the shores of Kelleys Island. Guests will learn to sail, wakeboard, waterski while enjoying the beauty of the Lake Erie island.
Web Site: camppatmos.com
39 miles from park*
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