What to do in Sterling State Park

Sterling State Park is located in southeast Michigan on Lake Erie's Brest Bay. The bay sits just north of where the Raisin River spills into the Great Lake. The park boasts many lagoons and marshes providing good habitat for a variety of wildlife and bird life.

The only state park on Lake Erie, Wm. C. Sterling State Park's 1,300 acres offers great recreational opportunities within an hour of Detroit. Swimming, boating, fishing, lakefront camping and wildlife viewing have all been upgraded with the 2003 park reconstruction.

Sterling State Park has recently received a $12 million renovation which included updating handicap accessibility. The campground offers 288 sites with modern facilities, open April 15 to November 1. A swimming beach, boat launch, and shore fishing are the main day use attractions. Over two miles of asphalt surface are offered for those who enjoy tooling the park on bike. Nature lovers will enjoy exploring the many wetlands where bird life and wildlife is in abundance. Hiking trails available.

Visitors enjoy camping, swimming, sunbathing, fishing, hiking, boating, bike riding, and viewing wildlife.

Sterling- Modern - (734) 289-2715, 256 site(s), $29/$22

Sterling-Marsh Trail - 6 (Miles), Biking, Hiking, Cross Country Ski, Barrier-free Facilities

The park is located just east of Monroe on the shores of Lake Erie. To reach the park travel Interstate 75 to the Dixie Highway exit and go one mile northeast on Dixie Highway.

Southeast Michigan is the warmest region in the state with summer temperatures averaging 70 degrees F (above 21 degrees C) but it is not infrequent for days to reach the high 80s. Winter temperatures are warmer as well with averages hovering just below freezing. Yearly moisture amounts range between 18 - 32 inches.

2800 State Park Road
Monroe, MI 48161

Phone: 734-289-2715

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