Bay City State Recreation Area, Bay City

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Bay City State Recreation Area is a 2100acre state park located near Bay City, Michigan in Bay County, Michigan, on the shore of Saginaw Bay. The Tobico Marsh, one of the largest remaining freshwater, coastal wetlands on the Great Lakes is located in the park. Other natural features of the park include a mile of sandy beach, over 2000acre of wetland woods, meadows, oak savannah prairies, and cattail marshes. The park is a haven for migratory birds and wetland wildlife.
Saginaw Bay Visitor Center - 10,000 sq. ft. building features an exhibit hall with interactive natural history displays, a 100-seat auditorium and a gift shop. Environmental education programs are offered year round for the public, school groups and other groups.Hunting - The park is open to hunting during open seasons.Wildlife viewing from three observation towers, boardwalks, viewing platforms and shoreline spotting scopesSwimmingPlaygroundSpray Park
BikingCross-country skiingFishing in the Tobico LagoonPicnickingPicnic AreaPicnic Shelter
Metal detecting - Metal detecting is recognized as a legitimate recreation activity when it is conducted in ways that do not damage the natural and cultural resources in Michigan State Parks nor violate applicable state statutes. Use a map that shows clearly where this activity may take place. Any items found must be reviewed by park staff and may be retained for further investigation.
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  • Nice trails to take your dog for a walk. But don’t always plan on swimming there in the summer...water can be mucky.  more »
  • When my daughters were young we'd walk the trail to the beach front. They believed we were going to their own private beach. We'd lay on our blankets and collect the million shells that wash ashore. I...  more »
  • Very nice beach. Also the plays-cape, and water park are easy to use. You can rent out one of the pavilions which have picnic tables, electrical outlets and charcoal grill.  more »
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