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Bay City State Recreation Area, Bay City

Categories: Wildlife Areas, Nature & Parks
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3.6/5 based on 110+ reviews on the web
Bay City Recreation Area or 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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  • We camped there for first time. What a blast all the tricker treaters dressed in costumes and the parents to. Contests and Movies all weekend. Everyone was totally family oriented. We will go again ne...  read more »
  • Went there to go for a walk and check out the beach , it is nice but quite a long walk for very young kids , older folks or someone disabled , a closer access to the beach would be nice 
  • We got in with my friend's state park passport. We saw the lagoon and hiked to the beach. Not sure if the bay is the cleanest place to swim, there was a dead fish on shore but that could have been dis...  read more »
  • For those who said the water is grungy recently they obviously have not actually been on the beach, or they were trying to swim in the marsh. After stepping in the water you will immediately notice an enormous difference. A few years ago the beach was very mucky, and not a place I would enjoy swimming. This year the sand is extremely clean, and now it is one of the nicest and cleanest beaches in the state congratulations for all the hard work Bay City it shows and everyone around the state should know the great progress that has been made.
  • I was very excited to go to this park. After so many people saying the muck had been cleaned up (this was my first time there, so I wasn't sure what to expect) it sounded really nice. Unfortunately, 2 weeks is long enough for this beach to get gross again. BIG dead fish everywhere, and muck lining the entire beach. The water was cloudy with greenish/brown algae. I wouldn't even wade my feet it. The campground however was fantastic and the trails were great. Its sad that there doesn't seem to be much that can be done about the muck, because the view of the bay is really nice!
  • Park is a little hard to find but I really liked the beach. There was a big problem when we went there, the shore line water was polluted with floating globs of green alge. Can't blame the park for this, hopefully it was just a temporary situation. The beach and the park were clean and safe, would definitely go back again, hopefully the alge problem will be cleared up.
  • The big playground in the day use area looks awesome, and the splash pad is fantastic! The playgrounds dotted around the campground and day use are straight out of the 70's. The beach was pretty, but the water was too grungy to swim in. The fishing lagoon looks cool, but we didn't catch anything. Not bad for a weekend, not sure if I'd recommend it for an extended stay.
  • Neat spot for kids. The water park, playground, beach.... And there's even a wooden walkway to the beach from the parking lot. Picnic areas and also a great place to watch the storms roll in.
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