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Sterling State Park, Monroe

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Sterling State Park in the United States is the only Michigan state park located on the shores of Lake Erie. The park encompasses 2.03 mi² (5.26 km²) just northeast of Monroe, Michigan in Frenchtown Charter Township in Monroe County. The park was established in 1920. The park sits just north of where the River Raisin empties into Lake Erie. The park is located just south of Sandy Creek and the community of Detroit Beach. The park is located less than a mile from Interstate 75, which provides easy access from the neighboring areas of Detroit, Toledo, and Windsor. The main attractions at the park include the beach, a boat launch, and shore fishing. There are over six miles (9.66 km) of biking and hiking trails within the park.
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  • Campground with beach, nice paved bike/hiking trail. Bike trail connects to City of Monroe. Not a pier but concrete walkway for fishing. Beach has bath houses. Boat launch to Lake Erie.  more »
  • Took travel trailer to campgrounds, due to race being in the morning, lots of teams, schools, trying to get in, lines back up quickly, so this way just walk to the starting line, and sleep in a little...  more »
  • Great walking trails. The campsites are nice. They need more boat launches, also better direction for the boating parking lot  more »
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  • This beautiful park is situated on Lake Erie and has wonderful amenities: nice bike paths, nice beach (no lifeguard and uses the flag system to let one know if the water is safe for swimming,) clean picnic areas and clean restrooms, but unfortunately for myself not close to home. One does need the license plate passport to get into Sterling, so it is not free to get in. However, with the passport one can enjoy a variety of state parks in Michigan without paying upon entry. The passport is just an additional eleven dollars on top of whatever one's license plate renewal fee might be. So, it pays for itself in just a few trips to any state park.
  • Nice park. Good access to multi use path for walkers, bicycles etc. However, bicycles use caution as some of the asphalt is in poor repair. Campground is nice but lacks mature trees. Beach is fair. It's a Lake Erie beach so sand isn't clean and often some weeds and zebra mussles. No lifeguards. Beach is known for rip currents. Overall it's a pretty good park.
  • I love the trees right against the lake, it provides great shade, the beach is nice to build sand castle on. The water had some mild waves that my kids (4, 7, and 9) loved. Stays fairly shallow for a good distance. The water is a good temperature. I called the park ahead of time to ask about the water quality. The state, quality checks the water once a week on Tuesdays, this park is regularly good and doesn't have water quality issues. While I was swimming in the water it felt and looked clean.
  • Excellent picnic facilities. Restrooms not always accessible. Nice playspace for children. Trails are well kept. Vegetation has regenerated and offers great natural viewing and fieldwork. Beware the currents. I do not swim here. Fine boating area. Fishing throughout the year.
  • Beautiful state park. Great boat and beach access. An affordable camp ground. The nature trail is a must do for anyone who visits the park.

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