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Sterling State Park

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Sterling State Park

The DNR is in the process of developing a new general management plan for Sterling State Park in Monroe County. The process typically takes one year to complete. The project is facilitated by Beckett & Raeder Inc., of Ann Arbor. Public and stakeholder input will be a critical part of the process. Public input is a critical part of the planning process. 

A park's general management plan defines a long-range (10- to 20-year) planning and management strategy to protect and preserve the site’s natural and cultural resources and provide access to land- and water-based public recreation and educational opportunities.

Public input

Initially, more than 2,200 people completed an online public input survey to help guide the first development of the new draft general management plan. The DNR then held a Sept. 21, 2023 virtual public meeting to present and solicit feedback on the new draft. The meeting was followed by a public comment period via an interactive public input survey. 

The DNR is reviewing the input received and making adjustments to the draft plan, as appropriate, before proceeding with plan approval. 

About the park

Sterling State Park is the only Michigan state park on Lake Erie, located just a few miles from the Ohio border and approximately an hour from Detroit. The park is situated along 1 mile of sandy shoreline and is home to a modern campground, full-amenity cottages, a boating access site, trails and more. There are plenty of opportunities for shoreline and off-shore fishing.

The park protects more than 500 acres of Great Lakes marsh and restored lakeplain prairie habitat and is well known for its access to walleye and perch fisheries.



For more information, contact Debbie Jensen, park management plan administrator for the DNR Parks and Recreation Division, at