About Sterling

Officially established in 1857, Sterling has been a city of hard-working people, deeply rooted in local industry since that time. Originally home to a few mills powered by the river, the industrial base grew with the country and the small City of Sterling soon became the Hardware Capital of the World. Today, much of that history is still with us, but the City has matured and diversified.

The community is now a strong blend of industry, commercial and retail business and residential areas. In fact, Sterling has become a regional retail hub. We invite you to explore more of the City of Sterling website to see what Sterling is today, what it offers and what the future holds for the community.

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  1. Recreation
  2. Location
  3. Local Highlights
  4. Regional Tourism

City of Sterling-9Recreational Opportunities

Sterling has an abundance of indoor and outdoor recreational opportunities. The Rock River provides plenty of summertime fun for boaters, skiers, paddlers and fisherman. Kayak, fish, hike, bike or walk the Hennepin Feeder Canal, a 29 mile canal and path that connects to the 105 mile Hennepin Canal.  There are golf courses, indoor/outdoor tennis and pickleball courts, a pump track, walking paths, and trails. There are 4 State Parks within 40 miles plus additional State Recreation areas.  The Sterling Park District also operates a marina, a dog park, an indoor pool, along with fitness centers and an abundance of recreation programming.