Sterling State Park

Sterling State Park

Sterling State Park of Monroe County, Michigan

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Trail Distance:

8 miles long.


I-75 to exit 15, N.E. 1 mile.

Trail List:

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

Trail Description:

2800 State Park Road
Monroe MI 48162
Phone Number: (734) 289-2715
TTY/TDD711 (Michigan Relay Center)
Motor Vehicle Permit Required: Yes
Approximate Size: 1300 (Acres)
Make a Reservation at this Park

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.


  • Michigan State Park Explorer Program - Learn more about the natural features and resources located in this park with the State Park Explorer Program.
  • Designated Watchable Wildlife Site - Sterling is along the major flyway for many migratory birds and a great place to see waterfowl, raptors, song birds and wetland plants. The park is home to the endangered Eastern fox snake and the threatened American lotus. The Wildlife Viewing Guide is now on line at
  • Playground - These play areas offer a variety of playground equipment for children. Shared area between campground and day-use areas
  • Swimming - Lake Erie Beach Information
  • Fishing - Walleye are plentiful in Lake Erie. Shore fishing is possible at Sterling's three lagoons, three fishing piers and at its access to River Raisin.
  • Picnic Area - Picnic tables and fire pits/grills. Day use areas are surrounded by water and include one mile of sandy beach on Lake Erie, vending machines, a modern toilet building, grills, picnic tables and a playscape that is shared with the campground.
  • Picnic Shelter(s) - Two picnic shelters are available. The Heron and Red Oak shelters can be reserved by calling 734-289-2715.
  • Alcohol Restrictions Apply - Alcohol is prohibited in the day use areas of the park from April 1 through September 30 except with the written permission of the park manager.
  • Biking - Bicycles are welcomed on park roads and paved trails marked for such use.
  • Hiking - A total of seven miles of trails provide opportunities for hiking, biking and exploring. The 2.9-mile paved Marsh Trail circles one of the marsh lagoons in the park. A 0.6-mile hiking trail follows the Lake Erie shoreline. These trails include interpretive stations, an observation deck and a covered pavilion with spotting scopes.
  • Boating Access Site/Launch - Access for boating and fishing.  
    The Jerry C. Bartnik Memorial Boating Access Site within the park has 250 parking spaces and provides access to Lake Erie, widely known for its walleye fishing. Near the launch is a fish cleaning station and a modern restroom building.
  • Metal Detecting Areas - Metal detecting is recognized as a legitimate recreation activity when it is conducted in ways that do not damage the natural and cultural resources in Michigan State Parks nor violate applicable state statutes. If you wish to use a metal detector in this state park, here is a map that shows clearly where this activity may take place. Any items found must be reviewed by park staff and may be retained for further investigation.
  • Fishing in the Parks - Learn more about fishing at Fishing in the Parks, a free educational program.

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Sterling State Park

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