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Bay City State Recreation Area, Bay City

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Wildlife Area
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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  • Wanting to get a better look at Saginaw Bay we drove a few short miles from Bay City to see this recreational area. Very nice opportunity to walk out to the small beach area to view the bay. Some picn...  more »
  • The group site was perfect for our weekend cadet camping event. It was spacious and private so we had plenty of room to drill and didn't have to worry about being too loud during early morning PT. The...  more »
  • The first 1.5 mile, from either end, can get a little congested but a great trek of clean paved paths, well traveled dirt paths with viewing and resting areas scattered throughout. There are 2 tall vi...  more »