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Sterling State Park, Monroe

Categories: State Parks, Nature & Parks
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3.9/5 based on 85+ reviews on the web
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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  • This is a beautiful park! It was like being out on a rural beach but close to Toledo and Detroit. Very well kept and managed! 
  • Lake Erie is not a good lake to swim in bottom is mucky and not clear at all not very clean and the beach is not very clean either they could do more maintenance and I'm sure it would be better 
  • Must visit with the battle field next door. One of Michigan's most visited parks. If you are not camping take the trails and do some walking. It has a splendid beech if you are planning on picknicking...  read more »
  • 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.
  • 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 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.
  • Went here today May 22nd 2016.(I think we are skipping spring this year) Tons of birds. Just that relaxing bird sounds you hear on some Nature show. There are what seemed to be thousands of HUGE carp spawning along the shores of the south loop of the trail. Very loud splashing. So cool. Bring your bikes. We will next time. Online the trails did not look long enough. They are perfect for biking and plenty for a long walk aroung bird infested marshlands. All in all very cool place. On the lake Erie short paved trail, white Bass are everywhere in the water. I think Michigan is finally growing on me after 15 years
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