Sterling State Park

2800 State Park Road
Monroe, MI 48162


Sterling State Park is the only state park on Lake Erie located just an hour from Detroit in the city of Monroe. The park is home to a variety of recreational opportunities.


Biking: Bicycles are welcomed on park roads and paved trails marked for such use.

Boat Rental: Kayaks are available for rent at the campground office. Contact the park for more information at 734-289-2715.

Cross Country Ski

Fishing: The park is known for its walleye fishing. Shore fishing is possible at Sterling's three lagoons, three fishing piers and on the River Raisin.

Hiking: More than 7 miles of trails provide opportunities for hiking, biking and exploring. The nearly three-mile paved Marsh Trail circles one of the marsh lagoons in the park. A 2/3--mile hiking trail follows the Lake Erie shoreline. These trails include interpretive stations, an observation deck and a covered pavilion with spotting scopes.

Hunting: There is hunting allowed in designated areas of the park.


Watchable Wildlife: The park is located along the major flyway for many migratory birds and a great place to see waterfowl, shorebirds, raptors, song birds and wetland plants. The park is home to the endangered Eastern fox snake and the threatened American lotus.




Sterling-Marsh Trail
Trail Length: 6.00 (Miles)

Sterling-River Raisin Heritage Trail
Trail Length: 1.60 (Miles)


Beach: There is a sandy one-mile beach located on Lake Erie.

Picnic Area: The picnic area is located in the day-use areas and includes vending machines, a modern toilet building, grills, picnic tables and a playscape that is shared with the campground. It is next to one mile of sandy beach on Lake Erie,

Playground: There is a playground accessible from the day-use area and campground.

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