Pure Michigan: sandy beaches and sunny skies along the River Raisin Heritage Trail and Sterling State Park in Monroe, Michigan

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Michigan’s Great Lakes truly are great, and if you haven’t seen them, you should. Clean beaches, fishing, boating, and the world’s largest fresh water supply are never far away when you’re in Michigan. If you’re at one of the truck stops off of exit 15 on I-75 in Monroe, then Sterling State Park along Lake Erie is definitely within reach. Detroit Avenue, the side street next to the Pilot Travel Center, has a bike lane and is a short ride to the River Raisin Heritage Trail, which will lead you directly to the beach. (Click here for a map.) Passing through beautiful wetlands full of eagles and cranes, the trail alone is worth visiting even if you don’t get to the beach.

Also nearby is the River Raisin Battlefield National Park, the site of Michigan’s bloodiest battle during the War of 1812. My time was limited during this week’s visit, so that stop will have to wait for another day, perhaps when it isn’t quite so sunny down at the beach!

imageSterling State Park and Lake Erie

imageThe River Raisin Heritage Trail

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imageWatch out! This guy is texting while canoeing!

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About kevinmckague

I left my former dead-end job in 2006 in order to become a truck driver. I wanted a career that was recession-proof, and that offered more opportunity for adventure. Now I travel the country with my bike in the passenger seat, and look for new places to visit whenever the opportunity presents itself.
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One Response to Pure Michigan: sandy beaches and sunny skies along the River Raisin Heritage Trail and Sterling State Park in Monroe, Michigan

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