Sterling State Park
2800 State Park Dr., less than a mile north of I-75 off the N. Dixie Hwy. exit, 289-2715. 1,300-acre park on Lake Erie. Picnic shelters, restrooms, swimming beach, nature trails, fishing ponds, boat launch, campgrounds, metal-detecting area. Michigan Recreation Passport program for vehicle entry now in effect: $10 fee for Michigan residents during annual vehicle registration at Secretary of State and out-of-state residents paying $8 for daily pass or $29 for annual pass.
Pointe Mouillee State Game Area and Park
30275 Mouilee Rd., off N. Dixie Hwy., Rockwood, 379-9692. About 4,000 acres. Nature trails, restrooms and picnic facilities. Popular with birders. Most areas open to public hunting. No alcoholic beverages.
Petersburg State Game Area
Teal and Lulu Rds., Petersburg. 500 acres of managed game area representing one of the last Michigan sites of native wet-sand prairie habitat. Open for walking, dog runs. For information, call Pointe Mouillee Field Office, 379-9692.
Martha Barker Country Store and Navarre-Anderson site
3815 N. Custer Rd. Scenic site along River Raisin, educational recordings of area history, footbridge to historic facilities. Limited operational hours.
1095 N. Dixie Hwy., just off of I-75, Monroe. Picnic pavilion with grills, playground, exercize area, basketball court, sledding hill, paved walking trail, home of Vietnam Veterans Memorial and Museum (limited hours for museum).
488 E. Newport Rd., west of Telegraph Rd., Carleton. Two picnic pavilions with grills, playground, horseshoe pits, model airplane flying area, dog training area, habitat areas.
320 Vienna West Rd. between Crabb and Minx Rds., Erie. Playground areas, swings, five picnic pavilions with grills, five baseball fields, 18-hole disc golf course, nature trail, horseshoe pits.
1030 Mulhollen Dr., off S. Custer Rd., about a half mile west of Telegraph Rd., along the River Raisin. Playground and exercise areas, two picnic pavilions with grills, paved walking trail, river fishing pier, horseshoe pits.
West County Park
Rightmire Rd. east of Dundee, along the River Raisin. Nature preserve area, natural walking trails with scenic view of River Raisin, native area plantings with educational display, two small covered bench and table areas.
City of Monroe
E. Front St. near Washington St. Benches, picnic area and small performance platform; access to riverwalk.
1008 Riverview Ave. Ball diamonds, basketball, tennis. Outdoor swimming pool, splash park, open from mid-June to
Harrison and W. Fourth Sts. Playground equipment, basketball, picnic shelter.
W. Eighth St. Playground equipment, basketball, baseball, picnic shelter, tennis courts, roller sports court.
900 block of E. Elm Ave. Grill, picnic area, scenic view of River Raisin.
1319 E. Front St. Baseball, boat ramp on the River Raisin, natural area, playground equipment, picnic shelter.
Washington and E. First Sts. Water fountain, benches, near Dorsch Memorial Branch Library in the heart of downtown. Lotus pavilion is owned by Monroe County.
Martin Luther King Park
Oakwood and Glenwood Sts. Picnic benches, playground equipment, basketball hoop.
Monroe Multi-Sports Complex
333 N. Dixie Hwy. Skate park on grounds.
2700 N. Custer Rd. Playscape, skate park, softball, tennis, cross-country skiing, mile-long walking trail, sand volleyball, picnic shelter, restrooms, skating pond, sledding hill, soccer fields, restored native prairie grass area, community garden plots.
N. Roessler St., on north side of the River Raisin. Playground equipment, ball diamonds, basketball, picnic shelter.
St. Mary’s Park
W. Elm Ave. just west of N. Monroe St. Bandshell with free concerts most Thursday nights in summer, playground equipment, tennis, basketball, bocce ball court, picnic shelter, restrooms.
Soldiers and Sailors Park
E. Front St. on the River Raisin. Playground equipment, tennis, horseshoe pits, basketball, sand volleyball, picnic shelter.
1671 N. Custer Rd. on the River Raisin. Veterans’ memorials, playground equipment, picnic shelters, walking and bike path, restrooms. New sensory garden features 1,400-foot walking path along the river with plantings, benches, sound post and musical instruments for everyone to play.
12899 Horan St., near Ash St., Carleton, 654-6255. Playground equipment, picnic facilities, basketball, tennis, ball diamonds, volleyball, half-mile walking track, recreation programs, field hockey, restrooms, memorial walkway bricks available.
Estral Beach Park
7194 Lakeview Blvd., Estral Beach, 586-8380. Playground equipment, ball diamonds, basketball. Next to village hall.
2775 Nadeau Rd., Monroe, 243-1732. Recreation hall, storage building, picnic shelter, two lighted ball diamonds, playground, picnic tables, grills, volleyball court, horseshoe pit and archery range. Park closes at 10 p.m.
Frenchtown Township Hall Park
Behind township hall, 2744 Vivian Rd., Monroe, 243-1732. Multi-purpose recreation building, half-mile fitness course, two picnic shelters, lighted ball diamond, sledding hill, tennis courts, basketball courts, horseshoe pits, sand volleyball courts, bocce ball court and four grills. Park closes at 10 p.m.
Frenchtown Township Park 3
2277 Stewart Rd, 243-1732. Under development, but does include a non-regulation baseball field and soccer field.
Maybee Community Park
Maybee-Scofield Rd, Maybee. Playground with Super Slide, tennis, ball diamonds, shelters, restrooms.
Morley Riggs Park
5676 Carleton-Rockwood Rd., South Rockwood, 379-3683. Pavilions with picnic tables, playground, ball diamond.
Newport Firefighters’ Association Park
9005 Brandon Rd., Newport, 586-7275. Playground equipment, pavilion, picnic tables, horseshoe pits, sand court volleyball.
Next to Ash Township Hall, 1677 Ready Rd., Carleton, 654-6992. About 30 acres. Still under development, but children’s playground, two ball fields, fishing pond and pier, pavilion and trails are open.
9240 Lewis Ave., Temperance, 847-6791. Playground equipment, picnic facilities, benches, permanent grills, two tennis courts, two volleyball courts (bring your own net), ball diamonds, basketball, shelter, restroom, community center.
Evans Pier and Public Beach
End of Luna Pier Rd., Luna Pier, 848-6495. Walking and fishing on Lake Erie, pier, swimming beach. Boat launch permits $10 for Luna Pier residents, $20 for non-residents, available at city hall. Closes at dusk. Restrooms open from Memorial Day to early September.
Indian Creek Park
Douglas Rd. north of Dean Rd., Lambertville, 847-6791. Ball diamonds, soccer fields, small playground, picnic tables, shelter.
Luna Pier Rd., between the former Luna Pier Elementary School and I-75, 848-6495. Ball diamonds, soccer fields, T-ball field, walking trail, pavilion. Closes at dusk.
Luna Pier and Lakewood Rds., Luna Pier, 848-6495. Gazebo. Closes at dusk.
Dorr St. near Summerfield Rd., Lambertville, 847-6791. Disc golf, picnic facilities, shelters, tennis, basketball, ball diamonds, nature trail, playground.
Pearl Albert-Green Pocket Park
Sterns Rd. west of Secor Rd. in front of Kroger shopping plaza, 847-6791. Nature park with benches, pond, fountain and gazebo.
Samaria Rd., Samaria; 847-6791. Playground, picnic facilities, shelter, ball diamond, nature trail, community center.
Seventh Street Park
West end of S. Seventh St., Luna Pier, 848-6495. Closes at dusk.
South Erie Park
Suder Rd. near Sterns Rd., Erie. Playground, picnic shelter, volleyball, tennis, ball diamonds.
Stoneco Fields/Monroe Township Park
Behind Monroe Township Hall, 4925 E. Dunbar Rd., Monroe, 241-5501. 37-acre park featuring 12 ball diamonds, concession stand, indoor bathrooms, fish pond. Nature center and nature trails under development. Accessible playground.
Water Tower Park
11345 Harold Dr. at Allen Cove, Luna Pier, 848-6495. Playground, shelter, baseball, tennis. Closes at dusk.
Consear and Douglas Rds., Lambertville, 847-6791. Playground, picnic facilities, shelters, ball diamonds, basketball, tennis, exercise trail, concession stand.
Whiteford Stoneco Community Park
Whiteford Center Rd. north of Sterns Rd., Ottawa Lake. 93 acres. Ball diamonds, soccer fields.
Clarence C. Rod Memorial Park
M-50, just east of Dundee. Picnic shelter, basketball, tennis, ball diamonds, sand volleyball, playground equipment.
Ida Fireman’s Park
Lewis Ave., Ida. Picnic shelter, ball diamonds, playground, paved pathways.
Middle School Park
S. Platt Rd., 439-6495. Four-acre park, tennis courts, softball diamond. Sun Set Point Development Plan under way with plans for sidewalks, brickwork and railing.
S. Platt Rd. south of Main St., Milan, 439-6495. 11-acre park along Saline River. Playground, picnic shelter, pavilion with charcoal grills, ball diamond, soccer field, horseshoe pits.
Sanford Road Park
Sanford Rd., near E. Arkona Rd., east edge of Milan, 439-6495. Radio-controlled model airplane field, horse show area, jogging trail, pheasant habitat.
Wilson Memorial Park
Wabash Dr. south of Main St., Milan, 439-6495. About 35 acres on Ford Lake. Picnic shelter, playground equipment, ball diamonds, basketball, sand volleyball, walk-bike path, tot lot.
Toledo St., just off M-50, on the River Raisin, Dundee, 529-3430. Tennis, picnic facilities, playground.
(metroparks.com. Metropark vehicle pass $5 a day, $25 annual, $15 annual for seniors 62 and older)
Lake Erie Metropark
32481 W. Jefferson Ave., Brownstown Township. I-75 north to exit 27. (800) 477-3189 for park information, 379-5020 for marina information, 379-0048 for golf course information. Park open 6 a.m.-8 p.m. daily; Marshlands Museum open 1-5 p.m. weekdays; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. weekends. 1,607 acres. Wave pool, picnic area, concession stand, Cherry Island Marsh trail and boardwalk, golf course, marina, dockage, boat launch, driving range, playground, basketball, tennis, volleyball, cross-country skiing, sledding, birding. Marshlands Museum.
17845 Savage Rd. (Haggerty Rd.) Belleville. Take I-275 to exit 11. (800) 477-3182. Open 6 a.m.-10 p.m. daily. Turtle Cove Family Aquatic Center open Memorial Day weekend-Labor Day. Hours, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. weekdays, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. weekends and holidays. Features two water slides, lazy river, water playscape with dumping bucket, sunning hill. Other park features: biking, camping, canoeing, basketball, tennis, fishing, golf, two hiking trails, picnic facilities, cross-country skiing, ice skating. Rustic family camping weekends have been announced for 2011.
32911 Willow Rd., Huron Township. Take I-275 to exit 11. (800) 477-3182. Open 8 a.m.-dusk daily. Nature center with displays and activities for children, nature trails, paved bike trail, horse trails, fishing, canoe rental, butterfly viewing area.
S. Huron Rd., Huron Township. Take I-275 to exit 11. (800) 477-3182 for park information; 753-4040 for golf course information. Open 6 a.m.-10 p.m. daily; pool opens May 28 for 2011 season, hours are 9:30 a.m.-7 p.m. weekdays, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. weekends. Playground, golf course, driving range, skate park, disc golf, cross-country skiing, sledding, basketball, tennis and volleyball courts, picnic areas, concession stand, paved bike trails. 17-acres pond area features bike, rowboat and aquacycle rentals, free fishing poles.