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Sterling State Park, Monroe

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State Park
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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  • My daughters and I walk the trail on a semi-regular basis (a few times per month). The park does a great job keeping the trail clear. We always see a variety of birds and sometimes, even a deer or two...  more »
  • Sterling State Park was a wonderful place to stumble upon. It was a beautiful afternoon and the ponds were full of waterfowl. We walked along the trails looking at birds. Bet it's beautiful in the sum...  more »
  • Have been here many times. They have a campground and a great boat launch. We ve been fishing here, as well as biking, rollerblading , swimming canoeing. There is a great walking path that is paved. T...  more »
  • Growing up in the area, this park is nothing special. The campground is basically a crowded field without a single tree, sitting in the shadows of a large coal plant. The beach, when not closed for health concerns, is absolutely nasty. Unless you have a boat and plan on spending a lot of time on the lake, there’s no reason to camp here or even visit for more than a few hours. There are traces of litter everywhere, and your only wildlife will be ravenous seagulls. The fishing is usually pretty good though, and it is in a convenient location.
  • I don't know what I expected, but if this is how state parks are run, I definitely understand what's happening to Belle Isle. The park is tiny, the campground is just ridiculous. It's a parking lot with industrial smoke stacks being your only possible source of shade. The beach is nice, if it's not closed because of ecoli. Restrooms were not well kept, the only reason this gets more than one star is for the great showers and for the trail that leads from the park to the battlefield. I would definitely suggest anywhere else for camping.
  • Great campground. The quality of the lake water is iffy but everything else is great. They have kids activities, Great bike trails and lots to do. Quiet at night and clean.
  • I like this place for the walking paths and that's about it. I take my dog their a lot for walks. The big thing here is the boat launch because it's the largest public boat launch in Monroe. Camping is also a big thing. My only complaint is there needs to be a receptacle for people to dispose of their fish guts after cleaning the fish they caught. The first parking lot on the right after coming into the park can get very smelly on hot days because people clean their fish, and toss the guts in the weeds along the parking lot.
  • We went here as a field trip for my daughter's class, my first impression was that the park was only partially maintained as the parking was clearly aged and requires resurfacing for the beach areas, however we were impressed with how well often overlooked areas were maintained namely the bathrooms an often unpleasant side to most Michigan parks. The park also offered a wide array of true activities with nature trails complete with cool vantage points, camp site rentals, and a healthy sized beach front, it's clear this park contrasts from the Michigan Metro parks in that a greater emphasis is made in preserving the natural habitat rather than cosey bike trails.