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Sterling State Park
Sterling State Park michigan fall colors © Terry Schmelz
just a beautiful picture of pure michigan in the fall
Sterling State Park looking south on beach © Terry Schmelz
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
2800 State Park Road
Monroe, Michigan   48162

Phone: 734-289-2715
Reservations: 800-447-2757
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.

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

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.

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 20 miles away)
Camp Patmos - Kelleys Island, OH
Conference 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.
39 miles from park*
Enjoy Southeast Michigan's Best Family Camping experience at our clean, quiet, friendly campground. Jumping Pillow, WiFi, Paddle Boats, Minigolf, Swimming, Bicycling and more
30.5 miles from park*


Michigan State Parks