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Great Blue Heron statuesque at swamp's edge
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Great Blue Heron statuesque at swamp's edge
Description - 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.

Attractions - 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.

Recreation - 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

Climate - 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.

Location - 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.

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Filed By: Sonia Bello (Dearborn, MI)
Number of People Encountered: 25-50 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: Loved this park, many trails to enjoy, people are very friendly and great place to take pictures of nature.

Filed By: Jake (Dundee, MI)
Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: ~ I went to Sterling the other day and caught myself a trophy walleye right from shore. It was 28.3 inch walleye. It was a beautiful fish and it fought like a sheephead. It took at least 2 or 3 minutes to get to shore and in the net. Luckily I brought my net or else I don't think I would have it in my freezer right now!!! good luck all.. also bluegill and sunfish are 3-4 feet from shore and between rocks and trees.. find a hole on shore and your freezer will be 30+ pounds heavier than it already is.....hahahahaha... no but seriously!!! do it!!! today!!!!

Filed By: Jacob
Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: Sterling State Park is a great place to go. I didnt go this year yet but that place is awsome. I am going to go on our boat which is a Renken and my dad named it Drift Away! But whenever I go to this place I see people throwing garbage on the ground. Please everyone dont litter because this could kill animals. Its not good for anything when you litter. Just wait until you see a garbage and throw it away. Ok about fishing... I came here a lot through my life and caught bass, pike, walleye, perch, sheephead, and saved a few carp when they got stuck on the shore. Sterling State Park is a great place to fish at. Put on a silverlake or little mepps spinner on if you want a pike. I tell you what I was fishing for pike last year in September there and the second cast I caught one. Man that thing was hard to reel in. So everyone enjoy fishing see ya on the water and on the shoreline! Jake!

Filed By: Jacob (Dundee, MI)
Number of People Encountered: 11-25 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: Today is October 23rd, yesturday I came here to fish on shore. I came to fish for pike and walleyes and largemouth bass. I caught 2 largemouth bass, 4 pike, and 2 walleye on shore. For bass I used inline spinners. For pike I used french spinners. And for walleyes I used a nightcrawler and casted out. The pike was 33 inches. One of the walleyes were 19 inches the other was 24 inches. One of the largemouth bass was 16 inches and the other was 14 inches. I had a big steelhead on my line but it broke the line. I caught it with a monkey puke spoon. Good luck shore anglers.... I am 14 years old and i love fishing so much!

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Contact Information:
Sterling State Park, 2800 State Park Road , Monroe, MI, 48161, Phone: 734-289-2715

Additional Information:
Michigan State Parks and Forests - Everything that makes Michigan special is embodied in the 96 State Parks. Boasting sterling recreation, Michigan State Parks and Forests invite you to enjoy one of their 14,000 campsites, 170 winter-sport areas and infinite rivers, streams, and lakes.
Southeast Michigan - Southeast Michigan, teaming with people also teams with recreation opportunities. Glacial activity left this Great Lakes region lush with hundreds of lakes, ponds, and marshes.

Michigan Department of Natural Resources - Official agency website.


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