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.Facilities and activitiesSaginaw 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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  • August 14, 2017
    This was the last day of our visit with family so we were looking for a place where the kids could run. It had pavilions, playgrounds and splash pad. Then you could walk over to the lake and just take...  more »
  • August 13, 2017
    A nice drive that allows you to discover the banks of Lake Huron and the pond tour. It was seen as a Blue Heron. There are plenty of birds to watch, bring binoculars. The tour takes less than an hour. The panels are interesting. You can avoid the $ 9 parking daily parking near Mussel Beach Drive-In. Try the ice, they are good.
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  • August 3, 2017
    I bike through all the time. Take the grandkids to the splash park and the come play the bay area. They love it. The beach is now clean and nice to walk on. Great day trip .  more »

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