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William C. Sterling State Park

Monroe, Michigan


2800 State Park Rd
Monroe, Michigan 48162
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Sites: 256
Recent Rate: $$$$

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Latitude: 41.93025
Longitude: -83.34435

Elevation: 595' (approx.)
Park Features
  • Pull-thru Sites Pull-thru Sites yes
  • Pets Allowed Pets Allowed yes
  • Big Rig Access Big Rig Access yes
  • Tent Camping Tent Camping yes
  • 55+ Only 55+ Only no
  • Kid Friendly Kid Friendly yes
  • Boondocking Boondocking no
  • Cabins / Cottages / Yurts Cabins / Cottages / Yurts ?
  • Dump Station Dump Station yes
  • Group Camping Group Camping ?
  • Water Spigot Water Spigot yes
Hookups
  • Full Hookup Full Hookup yes
  • Electric (30 & 50 AMP) Electric (30 & 50 AMP) Electric (30 & 50 AMP)
  • Sewer Sewer yes
  • Public Phone Public Phone no
  • Water Water yes
  • Cable/Sat. TV Hookup Cable/Sat. TV Hookup no
Connectivity
  • WiFi WiFi no
  • ATT Cellular Provider ATT
  • Verizon Cellular Provider Verizon
  • Sprint Cellular Provider Sprint
  • T-Mobile Cellular Provider T-Mobile
Amenities
  • Restrooms Restrooms yes
  • Showers Showers yes
  • Laundry Facilities Laundry Facilities no
  • Camp Store Camp Store ?
  • Pet Area Pet Area yes
  • Propane Available Propane Available ?
  • Cafe / Snack Bar Cafe / Snack Bar ?
  • Clubhouse Clubhouse ?
  • Firewood Available Firewood Available yes
  • Group Kitchen Group Kitchen ?
  • Horse Camp Horse Camp ?
  • Landing Strip Landing Strip ?
  • Picnic Shelter Picnic Shelter yes
  • Restrooms: vault Restrooms: vault yes
Recreation
  • Pool Access Pool Access no
  • Playground Playground yes
  • Recreational Trails Recreational Trails yes
  • Rec Room Rec Room ?
  • Casino Casino ?
  • Fishing Fishing yes
  • Beach Beach yes
  • Biking Biking yes
  • Boating Boating yes
  • Golf Golf ?
  • Gym/Workout Facilities Gym/Workout Facilities ?
  • Horseshoes Horseshoes ?
  • Mini-Golf Mini-Golf ?
  • Outdoor Courts Outdoor Courts ?
  • Pickleball Pickleball ?
  • Water Access Water Access yes

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Review Count: 142
States Visited: 34
Helpful Reviews: 27

Date of Stay: July, 2019 - $28.00
Overall Rating:

Rate is actual nightly fee for 30-amp, electric only. There are 50-amp sites available too. There's an $8 online fee when you reserve, and a non-resident daily fee of $9 when you arrive unless you buy the annual MI State Parks passport. Since this was the first of 5 state parks in our Michigan tour, we bought passports ($33 each) for the truck and both motorcycles. Come on, it's a state park - they're worth keeping up and it's a small price to pay. This park is the only Michigan SP on Lake Erie. The campground is just off the beach, so it's an easy walk even with paddle boards. The water was warm and shallow quite a ways out. Several multi-use paths, about half under water when we were there. You can ride around the lagoons and connect with the River Raisin Heritage Trail, which goes past the National Battlefield, a newer National Park that's a work in progress at a War of 1812 historic site. Close enough to pick up several OTA TV stations from Detroit and Toledo, Verizon and AT&T were just OK. Very nice park, be sure to make reservations well ahead of time if you're thinking about a weekend. And if you need to fill up with fresh water, the dump/fill station is just past the first entrance station. Then you get to go back past that first entrance again after you're done filling. It can back up depending on the time and day. Park has several pull-through sites, and all the sites are paved. Some can be sloped! Bathhouses have individual showers, and separate male/female restroom sections. We camped at William C. Sterling State Park in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
134
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Quite a bit longer (plenty of space) for my 5th wheel and truck (I didn't have to disconnect
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

The Toledo Art Museum and Glass Pavilion is free, and worth the drive. Parking is free for veterans. Glass-blowing demonstration was very interesting. Public House in Monroe has excellent food and good beer selection. Everything you need in town of Monroe, cute place with lots of historic homes and a nice riverfront vibe.

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Review Count: 49
States Visited: 29
Helpful Reviews: 8

Date of Stay: July, 2019 - $41.00
Overall Rating:

Price includes non-resident annual state park fee. We were on site 43, which was the outside loop back-in site with electric only. All roads and sites are paved. Lots of grass between sites on this loop. Giant fire ring. Site was long enough for our 35' coach and Honda CRV. Bike path was nice but flooded in spots. Lots of families there for the weekend, but everyone was friendly and most sites were neat. Very quiet even with a full park. The beach is nice and fairly wide. The first gate that let's you into the State Park usually had lines and a wait to get in. Even if you have a pass. Then you have to stop again to check into the campground. The staff were fast and efficient. We camped at William C. Sterling State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
43
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my motorhome
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

The Henry Ford Museum and Greenfield Village are outstanding.

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Review Count: 9
States Visited: 4
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: June, 2019 - $40.00
Overall Rating:

Beautiful park right on the lake. No trees, no shade, but site was flat and long. My only complaint was that in addition to the nightly fee, we had to purchase a daily pass. It was a little less expensive to buy a yearly pass, so that's what we did. There were walking trails along the lake and fishing piers available. We were there for a wedding in Detroit, so didn't spend a lot of time at the park. We camped at William C. Sterling State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
165
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Quite a bit longer than my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
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Review Count: 4
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: June, 2019 - $28.00
Overall Rating:

This is a great place! Bathrooms and showers are very clean. Large campsites. Plenty for the kids to do. My only complaint is the employees cutting grass were running over litter. We picked up what we saw. We camped at William C. Sterling State Park in a Travel Trailer.

Site Details

Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my travel trailer
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
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Review Count: 50
States Visited: 16
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: October, 2018 - $40.00
Overall Rating:

We stayed here for eight days in October. The campground has paved roads and sites that are easily accessible. We stayed on a full hook-up pull through site that was long enough to accommodate our fifth wheel (40'), my truck, and my wife's car with room to spare. The campground hosts were friendly and offered helpful advice about the campground and the area. We enjoyed our stay and would come to this park again. The park has a nice sandy beachfront on Lake Erie. A few other items worth noting: The campground is a long way from the entry to the park (2.2 miles). The campground is very close to Detroit Edison's Monroe Coal Plant, there is always white noise in the campground coming from (I believe) the emissions equipment on the smoke stacks. From the beach you have a view of both Detroit Edison's Fermi nuclear plant and First Energy's Davis-Besse nuclear plant ... no issue or concern for me, but worth noting if you have concerns staying in close proximity to nuclear power plants. We camped at William C. Sterling State Park in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
167
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Quite a bit longer (plenty of space) for my 5th wheel and truck (I didn't have to disconnect
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table, Patio
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
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Review Count: 57
States Visited: 23
Helpful Reviews: 18

Date of Stay: September, 2018 - $28.00
Overall Rating:

Nice park just a stone's throw from the Detroit Metro area. Located on Lake Erie with all sorts of inlets and islands nearby. Lots of fishing opportunities and a generously sized boat launch. Usually there's a breeze off the lake to disperse a lot of the campfire smoke. Sites on outside loop are quite large, but have electric only. The full hookup sites are a bit tighter. A few years ago, Sterling lost most of their trees to Asian ash borers so there's not much shade yet. Sterling has one of the biggest dump stations I've seen in a state park so you shouldn't have to wait a long time on Sunday to hit the road. Really nice paved walking/biking trails throughout. These trails also connect to the Monroe Historic Trails so you can walk your feet off if you want to. We camped at William C. Sterling State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
33
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Quite a bit longer than my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
No
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Review Count: 83
States Visited: 32
Helpful Reviews: 15

Date of Stay: August, 2018 - $50.00
Overall Rating:

This is a pretty nice place for a state park. It's located right on Lake Erie with a nice sandy beach and great dedicated swimming area. The boat docks are in a protected cove. The sites are extremely long, with some shrubs between sites for privacy, and nice big grassy areas. The bathrooms and showers were very nice, though we didn't use them. Some of the sites are full hookups, but all of the ones right on the beach are electric only...too bad. No trees in the center of the RV park so Dish satellite worked fine. Quiet with only a train in the far distance. We would have given it a higher rating, but with no other amenities (cable, Wifi, pool, playground, etc.), the price is way too high. Our price includes a $9 per day park use fee which should have been included for campers. We camped at William C. Sterling State Park in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
161
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Quite a bit longer (plenty of space) for my 5th wheel and truck (I didn't have to disconnect
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
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Review Count: 75
States Visited: 29
Helpful Reviews: 17

Date of Stay: July, 2018 - $40.00
Overall Rating:

We stayed 3 nights. Our sight was asphalt long and a pull thru but had a dip in the middle where we had to park so we had to put our wheels up on three corners. Didnt use Wifi if they have it? The camp host has lots of water toys for u to borrow and information even thought we didnt use any thing. Access was easy and moving around the road was no problem. I would come and stay again. We camped at William C. Sterling State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
163
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Quite a bit longer than my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

The walk around the lakes are lovely on asphalt walk/cycle ways. Lots of different birds to see. The lake was very warm water and I had to go out a little bit to get into a cooler section of water.

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Review Count: 15
States Visited: 11
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: July, 2018 - $45.00
Overall Rating:

It was a great place to stay, to visit Henry Ford Museum and Greenfield Village, plus enjoy Monroe area attractions. However, the park is big, the sites are close together, there is no shade. I thought it was expensive for not having full hookups, and for such a plain looking RV camp. It appears a lot of families spend their weekends here fishing. Very busy on the weekend. We camped at William C. Sterling State Park in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
55
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my 5th wheel and truck (I didn't have to disconnect
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Convenient place to stay while we visited The Henry Ford Museum and Greenfield Village (so worth the visit). We spent 2 days there. and could have spent 4 or 5 days there. Monroe has local attractions, as well.

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Review Count: 1
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: June, 2018 - $28.00
Overall Rating:

Enjoy stays here in early Spring & Fall when it is not so crowded. Great walking & bike trails. With all that water frontage would love to see a section for a "dog beach". Sites are large with lots of surrounding grass areas. Park is well cared for. We camped at William C. Sterling State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
84
Site Surface
Asphalt, Gravel, Grass
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my motorhome
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
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Review Count: 105
States Visited: 37
Helpful Reviews: 36

Date of Stay: October, 2017 - $37.00
Overall Rating:

Used the park for a one nite stay to be convenient to Dearborne and the Ford & Greenfield Village. Worked out well. We were pleasantly surprised at the care and site maintenance in the RV section and the beautiful views of lake Erie. Our pull thru gravel site was level and utilities were fine. Bring your own data! As out of staters we might have been charge the additional $8 entrance fee but we were told this was being waived for single night stays. We would stay here again short term. We camped at William C. Sterling State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
160
Site Surface
Gravel, Grass
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Just long enough for my motorhome
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
No
Tips for other Campers:

The Ford Museum and Greenfield Village is nothing like you might expect. They have RV Parking...free. If you have a few hours, visit the Ford. It ain't just cars...in fact very little of it is! Quick drive up to Dearborne.

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Review Count: 82
States Visited: 32
Helpful Reviews: 19

Date of Stay: August, 2017 - $37.00
Overall Rating:

Spent 4 nights in a 42 foot 5th wheel and the rate reflects per day rate but does not include the annual Michigan State Parks Pass you must have ($34.00/year). The park is right on Lake Erie and has great site lines, however it is book-ended by two large power plants. The bike paths are nice but pretty bumpy as are the interior roads. The sites are macadamed with grass and you are allowed wood fires. There is no WiFi and no cable TV. There are campers of all sorts and walks of life but everyone was very nice. Our pull thru was plenty long enough with some buffer between us and the next site. the electric and sewer connections were good although wish the sewer connection was threaded. All sites are sunny but we had cloud cover for most days so it was cool. We camped at William C. Sterling State Park in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
161
Site Surface
Asphalt, Grass
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Long enough for my 5th wheel and truck (I didn't have to disconnect
Campsite Features
Fire Ring
Power Hookups
30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

You are 35 miles from Ann Arbor and 35 miles from Dearborn and a couple miles from downtown Monroe, MI (home of General George Armstrong Custer). Ann Arbor is neat for University of Michigan museums and Dearborn was excellent for the Henry Ford Museum and the building of the F-150 truck.

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Review Count: 118
States Visited: 37
Helpful Reviews: 23

Date of Stay: August, 2017 - $37.00
Overall Rating:

A word of caution, if you live out of state, you will need to buy a DNR pass for the park. If you have a motor home and are towing, you will need to buy two DNR passes. You can buy them by the day or for the year. When made our reservations, we were told we would only need one pass for the Jeep, but when we got to the park, we had to buy 2 of them. That should be taken into consideration, if you decide to stay here. We had a back-in and didn't have any problems getting situated on the site and no problems locating the connections or getting connected. We had some electrical problems, low voltage on one leg of the 50A, and when I called the RV office, they had the ranger there in about 30 minutes. Turned out to be a bad circuit breaker, which the ranger promptly changed. AT&T cell phone and hotspot and satellite TV worked well. Our OTA antenna shot craps, so we don't know how well OTA TV worked. This is a nice park on the shores of Lake Erie. There is a swimming beach and boat ramps in the park, not far from the campground. Bike and walking paths through out the park. This is a nice park, and we would stay here again. We camped at William C. Sterling State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
56
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
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Review Count: 25
States Visited: 12
Helpful Reviews: 5

Date of Stay: July, 2017 - $36.00
Overall Rating:

We have stayed at this park several times. It is always clean and well maintained. We stayed in site 122 which is a full hookup pull through site. We like it because its on the end of a row and therefore has a large "front yard" however the asphalt is in bad condition and we had quite a bit of trouble leveling our trailer this time. The walking/bike trails are also asphalt and are in bad shape. This park is overdue for some much needed maintenance to roads, trails, and campsite blacktop. Price shown does not include the required vehicle pass. We camped at William C. Sterling State Park in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
122
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Quite a bit longer than my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

We rode our bikes into the little town of Monroe and visited a museum there. Also ate at the Public House in Monroe and enjoyed it. Day trips to Henry Ford Museum and Greenfield village are highly recommended. Also the tour of the Ford River Rouge Plant was excellent. Lots to do and see in the greater Detroit area.

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Review Count: 6
States Visited: 6
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: July, 2017 - $35.00
Overall Rating:

We camped on the South end of the RV park in a spacious area convenient to the bath house and a short walk from the beach on Lake Erie. The park was full for the holiday weekend but didn't seem crowded. Most of the sites had few trees for shade except for those on the outside loop on the extreme South end. Except for the beach itself there were few amenities and although we had good cell reception there was no wifi. There was a consession stand some distance from our site but no camp store or souvenir shop although you can purchase firewood. We camped at William C. Sterling State Park in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
230
Site Surface
Asphalt, Grass
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my travel trailer
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

We ran into some road construction and detoured slightly north of the Park. This worked out well as we noticed a sign directing us to Calder's Dairy near Carlton, Michigan, a working dairy farm that is famous for their Chocolate Milk and Ice Cream. They provide tours year round with lots of farm animals (and smells) to enjoy. When you visit Sterling State Park bring your kayak/canoe or other floating equipment. Safety Note: No Life Guards on Duty.

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