It’s not too late to plan a camping trip this summer. Michigan’s Department of Natural Resources debuts a new overnight experience at Sterling State Park in Monroe in August and reservations open soon.
“Michigan’s DNR has installed 10 new, fully equipped cottages along Lake Erie waterfront. Each cottage has a view of the lake from the screened-in front porch and easy access to the park’s day-use area. Amenities include two bedrooms, including one with a queen bed and another with a set of bunk beds (single top, double base) in the second room. There is also a bathroom, kitchen, dining space and common area with a futon. The cottages sleep up to 7. The kitchen is stocked with dishes and cookware, a cooktop, microwave and refrigerator. Relax on the screened-in front porch that overlooks the lake after a day full of water recreation, fishing, or time on the campground trails.
Bedding linens are provided; please bring your own towels. No smoking or pets allowed.”
Reservations open soon for overnight stays after Aug 13, 2020. The sites are $160 per night and require a two-night minimum stay. A portion of the sales goes back to the DNR. Book your stay here.
Interested in more camping options?
Check out our Guide to Family-Friendly Campgrounds In Michigan
Photo credit: Michigan Department of Natural Resources
The Recreation Passport is required for all Michigan state parks, trails, historic sites, boat launches, harbors, and more. Visit Michigan.gov/RecreationPassport for more details and to purchase.
Registration Office: 8am-10pm. Campsite: Check-in 3pm, Check-out 1pm. Quiet Hours: 10pm-8am.
Alcoholic Beverages and Marijuana Use:
You may not possess or consume an alcoholic beverage in the day-use areas of the park April 1–Labor Day without written authorization of the park manager. Despite the change in law, the use of marijuana in public is still not legal or allowed.
Pets must be kept on a 6-foot leash and must never be left unattended. Please clean up after your animals. Pets are not allowed in any buildings, in the water, or on any beach area.
Campers may not camp for more than 15 consecutive nights. Campsites must be occupied each night. Two vehicles allowed per campsite. Visitors must leave by 10pm. Maximum of six people allowed per campsite. Only registered campers and their guests are allowed in campground area. Fireworks are not permitted.
Michigan State Parks Swimming, Boating, and Water Safety:
The Great Lakes are powerful bodies of water. DO NOT swim near or jump off break walls or navigational channel walls. Always pay attention to changing conditions and the beach flag warning system found in designated buoyed swim areas. Before heading out, visit Michigan.gov/BeachSafety.
Record-high water levels are causing increased river flows, submerged docks and piers, swimming and boating hazards, and other concerns. Learn more about the effects of high water and how to stay safe at Michigan.gov/HighWaterSafety.
Don’t Move Firewood! Help Protect our Michigan State Parks and Campgrounds!:
Invasive insects and diseases have destroyed MILLIONS OF TREES in Michigan, often after hitching a ride on firewood. Purchase only certified heat-treated firewood at the park or nearby vendors. If you don’t use it all, don’t transport it or take it home with you. Campfires are permitted only in designated fire rings. Never leave a campfire unattended.
Michigan State Park Gear and Merchandise:
“These Goods are Good for Michigan” is a collection of partners who work with the Michigan DNR to support parks, trails, and waterways through the sale of products and services. Visit Goods4Mi.com.
Give the Gift of Outdoor Recreation:
Want to give a camping or boating trip to your favorite outdoor enthusiast? Purchase a Michigan state park and harbor gift card or electronic card. Visit midnrreservations.com/gift-cards/purchase or call 517-284-7275.
Overnight Lodging Facilities:
Want to go camping but don’t own a tent or camper? There are many options available at Michigan State Parks and Recreation Areas, including: cabins, yurts, safari-style tents, or lodges and cottages with many of the amenities of home. Visit Michigan.gov/Camping.
Reservations can be made by visiting midnrreservations.com or by calling 1-800-44-PARKS (1-800-447-2757). For more information, visit Michigan.gov/StateParks.
William C. Sterling State Park:
2800 State Park Road
Monroe, MI 48162
Welcome to William C. Sterling State Park
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New cabins debut at state park
Sterling State Park’s first-ever cabin lodging opens Friday, just in time for Memorial Day weekend.
Construction began last spring on 10 permanent waterfront cabins. Work has just been completed, said Nick Sparks, lead worker at the park.
“Lodging was not previously offered,” said Sparks. “This is the first of any lodging for Sterling.”
The first reservations are for this weekend. Many weekends this summer are booked, but weekday dates are still open.
Cabin rental is $170 a night, and there is a two-night minimum.
Nine of the cabins sleep seven and have two bedrooms. One bedroom has a queen bed; the other has a full bed with a bunk above. A futon in the living area allows for two more occupants.
One of the cabins is barrier-free and offers a slightly different layout. The barrier-free cabin sleeps six.
All cabins have a full bathroom and a kitchen. Kitchen amenities include a full-sized refrigerator, sink, microwave, coffee pot, induction cooktop, pots, pans, dishes and silverware.
Bed linens are provided, but renters should bring their own towels. A screened-in porch faces Lake Erie. Outside are a fit pit and park grill. Smoking and pets are not allowed.
The Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR), which operates Sterling State Park, said interest in overnight lodging has grown, but many are not interested in tent camping. The DNR plans to open more lodging at Michigan state parks next year.
The cabins at Sterling were built in partnership with Recreation Resource Management. RRM also has lodgings at two other Michigan state parks, Pontiac Lake Recreation Area and Port Crescent State Park.
Reservations for lodging can be made a year in advance by visiting https://midnrreservations.com/ or by calling (800) 447-2757.
Sterling State Park offers 1,300 acres and beaches on Lake Erie. Amenities include boating, shoreline fishing, a fishing lagoon, bike riding, lakefront camping, kayaking, wildlife viewing and hiking on seven miles of trails.
“The park is well-known for its walleye fishing, three lagoons and sandy beachfront near the mouth of Sandy Creek,” according to the park’s website.
On the Net: Facebook and michigan.org/property/sterling-state-park
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Most Michigan visitors are not aware that the Michigan State Parks have a large number of cabins and lodges available for rent. They range from 2 bed rustic cabins in the back country of Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park to a fully furnished cottage in Traverse City that sleeps up to 11. The cabins are located in some of the most scenic places in the State and offer a reasonably priced lodging option for Michigan travelers.
The popular State Park Mini and Camper Cabins are typically located on a campsite in the park’s campgrounds. The cabins offer visitors the camping experience without having to buy camping gear or an RV. This is a great way for families that are new to camping to try and see if they like it before investing in their own equipment.
The mini cabins and camper cabins are equipped with electric heaters and can make a great base camp for outdoor winter activities. This time of the year you usually will have the entire park to yourself in the evenings and the rental rates are discounted in the off season. For more information on see below.
Michigan State Park Mini Cabins:
There are over 60 of the single room mini cabins available in 36 different Michigan State Park Campgrounds. The cabins are available year round and can be reserved up to 1 year in advance. Prices range from $40 to $60 per night depending on the season. There is also an $8 fee for each reservation. Renters have access to the campground restroom and shower buildings in season. During the off season pit toilets are available near the cabins.
Mini Cabin Amenities: -Sleeps 4 on 2 bunk beds with mattresses
-Small table and chairs
-Electric lights and outlets
-Some have small refrigerators and microwaves
What to Bring:
-Sleeping bag and pillows
-Dishes (we use paper plates, bowls & cups)
-Pots, pans, utensils & water jug
-Cooler and ice (some have mini refrigerators)
-Small camp stove or grill
-Matches or lighter
-Don’t forget the marshmallows and roasting sticks for the kids!
Michigan State Park Mini Cabin Flyer
Michigan State Park Online Reservations
List of Mini Cabins by State Park
Our Stay in the Mini Cabin at Ludington State Park
Michigan State Park Camper Cabins:
The newest addition to the Michigan State Park lodging options are the Camper Cabins. Most of these cabins were built in 2008 by a partnership between the DNR and the Department of Corrections’ Prison Build Program. The Camper Cabins are 400 square feet and offer a little more privacy than the popular Mini Cabins with the addition of 3 separate rooms. The Camper Cabins sleep up to 6 with 2 bedrooms and futon in the main living area. Another nice feature is the covered front porch that makes a great place to sit and relax after enjoying another day in the Michigan outdoors. Renters have access to the campground restroom and shower buildings in season. During the off season pit toilets are available near the cabins.
Camper Cabins are currently available at: Fort Wilkins Historic State Park, Holland, Interlochen, Lakeport, Metamora-Hadley, Mitchell, Onaway, Orchard Beach, Pinckney, Port Crescent State Park, Proud Lake, Tahquamenon Falls, Tawas Point, Van Riper and Waterloo State Parks.
The Camper Cabins are also available year round and can be reserved up to 1 year in advance. Prices range from $60 to $80 per night depending on the season. There is also an $8 advanced reservation fee that applies.
Camper Cabin Amenities:
-3 rooms, 2 bedrooms and a main living area
-Sleeps 6 on 2 bunk beds and futon in the main room
– Refrigerator, microwave, coffee pot
– Shelves for food and supplies
-Table and chairs
What to Bring:
-See above in the mini cabin section
Camper Cabin Floor Plan
Michigan DNR Camper Cabin Page
Michigan State Park Online Reservations
Michigan State Park Rustic Cabins:
If you are looking for a more secluded getaway the Department of Natural Resources also maintains a large number of Rustic Cabins located in more isolated sections of the parks. Many of these cabin are unique in design and size and can sleep anywhere from 2 to 24 people. The cabins have single beds with mattresses, table, chairs and propane or wood heat. Most cabins can be reached by vehicles with the exception of the backpacker cabins in the Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park and a few others.
For an example:see our stay in the Bear Den cabin in Yankee Springs Recreation Area. This was one of our favorite quick weekend getaways that we have done.
Michigan State Park Rustic Cabin Page
For more information on the backpacker cabins in the Porkies pick up a copy of: Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park 3rd: A Backcountry Guide for Hikers, Backpackers, Campers and Winter Visitors
Michigan State Park Lodge and Cottage Rentals: For those who would like a vacation destination that includes indoor plumbing there are the State Park cottages and lodges. Many are former park manager homes that have been converted to vacation rentals with all the amenities of home. The modern kitchens are supplied with pots, pans and dishes. Towels and linens are also provided. Click on the name below for more information.
Tahquamenon Falls Lodge – Sleeps 8, $110 per night.
Traverse City State Park Cottage – Sleeps 11, summer $200 weekday and $250 weekend per night, $1,200 weekly. Off-season rates $100 weekday and $150 weekend per night, $650 weekly.
P.H Hoeft State Park Lodge – 1920’s Sears and Roebuck Lodge. Sleeps 8 +2 futons, $110 per night Sunday thru Thursday and $120 per night for Friday and Saturday, $790 weekly.
The River Hawk Lodge in Proud Lake Recreation Area – Sleeps 24 in single beds. $250 for the first night and $200 for each additional night.
The Twin Lakes Lodge – Sleeps 8 in three bedrooms. $135 per night Sunday through Thursday. Weekends and holidays are $170 per night.
The Lodge at Mears State Park – Sleeps 8. $162 per night, $195 weekends/holidays, $1,200 weekly rate.
Grand Haven Lodge – Sleeps 8. $210 per night, $225 weekends/holidays, $1,500 weekly rate.
J.W. Wells State Park Historic Bay Stone Lodge – Sleeps 12. $150 per night, $170 weekends/holidays, $1,090 weekly rate.
Fayette Historic State Park Furnace Hill Lodge – Sleeps 10. $100 per night Sunday through Thursday. Weekends and holidays are $125 per night. $750 for any 7 consecutive days.
Bass Lake Lodge Highland Recreation Area – Sleeps 6. $80 per night, $90 weekends/holidays, $590 weekly rate. Rowboat included April through November.
For more State Park information pick up a copy of:Michigan State Parks: A Complete Recreation Guide
Cabin sterling state rental park
William C. Sterling State Park Cottages by RRM
Right on the waterfront of Lake Erie, you’ll find the brand new, fully equipped cottages! Each rental has a view of the lake from the screened-in front porch and upfront access to the day use area. Amenities include two bedrooms that have a queen bed in one room, a set of bunk beds (single top, double base) in the other room, a bathroom, kitchen, dining space, and a common area with a futon. These rentals sleep up to 7 persons. The kitchen has common cooking essentials such as pots/pans and dishes, a cooktop, microwave, and refrigerator. Bedding linens are provided; please bring your own towels. Relax on the screened-in front porch that overlooks the lake after a day full of water recreation, fishing, or time on the campground trails.
2-night minimum stay.
Pets are not allowed.
There is one ADA accessible rental available.
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