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Bay City State Recreation Area

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3582 State Park Dr., Bay City, MI 48706-1356
+1 989-684-3020
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Stayed Sun. Through Fri. Had a very nice lot, big and sunny. The weather cooperated. The only... read more

Reviewed 11 October 2017
Bay City, Michigan
Great lagoon walkway.

I was impressed with the walkway around the lagoon, which is a large pond. The beach was close and... read more

Reviewed 4 October 2017
Lancaster, United States
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3582 State Park Dr., Bay City, MI 48706-1356
+1 989-684-3020
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Reviewed 11 October 2017

Stayed Sun. Through Fri. Had a very nice lot, big and sunny. The weather cooperated. The only drawback is that all Mi State Parks are now 100% reservable. Must make reservations 6 mos. in advance. No more enjoying the Great Lakes state by road trips!...More

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Reviewed 4 October 2017

I was impressed with the walkway around the lagoon, which is a large pond. The beach was close and very nice. I also liked the visitor center. We had a picnic near the visitor center. Very nice!

Thank xavierl854
Reviewed 28 September 2017 via mobile

When traveling home to Colorado after a long two month road trip, we came across this excellent local state park. We had intended to stay at a KOA that didn’t look nice and get a few more miles down the road The adjacent Bay City...More

Thank Nick_Schmidt
Reviewed 14 September 2017 via mobile

Went to welcome center, did the scavenger hunt- headed over to the beach. Loonggg walk from any direction. Parked then walked to where we though yhe swimming beach was, wasn't close- so we walked along the beach to get there- 4 kids and all that...More

Thank emilypS1911TX
Reviewed 11 September 2017

This recreation area was popular for locals. There's long beach along the shore of the Saginaw Bay with 7-mile trails and wetland. They have everything for families: playground, water park, picnic area, and stage for concert.

Thank WindyandSun
Reviewed 10 September 2017

We stayed at the campground at the park for 2 nights and were pleasantly surprised! We were there for Labor Day, and expected some noise but it was super quiet and pleasant! The park has lots of walking and biking paths, and awesome beach access...More

Thank AudreyW907
Reviewed 6 September 2017 via mobile

Wonderful spray park for kids, and elaborate wood playground Grassy picnic areas and shelters Nice nature area and trails. Campground is separate and across the road. Not so great for swimming, but nice sandy beach. Well maintained. Usually not crowded A true "hidden gem" of...More

Thank michiganfans2016
Reviewed 28 August 2017 via mobile

Didn't know quite what to expect when we arrived here but was pleasently surprised. Just did a day use so I have nothing to say about the campgrounds. The visitors center was great with clean bathroom facilities and nice exhibits as well as trail maps...More

Thank Katie H
Reviewed 21 August 2017

Decided to stop by this park because I wanted to be able to see the lake. I had hoped to stop by all the great lakes on my cross country trip, and this was a convenient place to stop just a few mils off of...More

Thank Donald C
Reviewed 16 August 2017 via mobile

This State Park has gone through a huge transformation! There is now a beautiful beach with 2 boardwalks leading to it... The fieldhouse is a perfect place to spend a too hot or rainy afternoon.. Very helpful staff Adjacent Tobico Marsh...excellent place to observe wildlife...More

Thank katherines703
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30 September 2017|
Response from CullomFamily |
We were there in the summer, and it was dry. There were no fall colors and we do not live there, so I can't tell you what it is like now. Good luck!
29 August 2017|
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Response from Donald C | Reviewed this property |
I was there after hours, they had a bathroom building and another building that was closed. I didn't see anyplace that was big enough to hold Kayak rentals.