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Bay City State Recreation Area

#3 of 37 things to do in Bay City Features Animals
Beaver Road, Bay City, MI
+1 989-684-3020
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Weekend trip to the Thumb

My family and I headed to the area for a camping weekend and to check out the area. Staff was very... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
sdloso
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South Lyon, Michigan
Something for most people.

Trails were nice. The visitors center informative but small. The $9.00 to enter was a little... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Elaine M
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Penn Run, Pennsylvania
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  • Excellent39%
  • Very good34%
  • Average17%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible6%
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“splash pad” (11 reviews)
“tobiko” (15 reviews)
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Beaver Road, Bay City, MI
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+1 989-684-3020
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Reviewed 1 week ago

My family and I headed to the area for a camping weekend and to check out the area. Staff was very nice and check in went smoothly. I am not a seasoned camper, but I do camp and the set up at Brighton Rec was...More

Thank sdloso
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Trails were nice. The visitors center informative but small. The $9.00 to enter was a little steep. There is a beach and fishing piers if that is your thing. It was an OK way to spend our Sunday afternoon.

Thank Elaine M
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Camped here early in May. It is a very nice campground with updated bathrooms, showers, etc. The beach area is huge and there is a nature center. The water had black sludge in it though, so our dogs were pretty covered with goo after swimming....More

Thank MrsKA59
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I reserved what appeared to be an idealic site online using the MI State Parks online reservation system. I should have known trouble was coming when the reservation system (800#) called to tell me my site was changed due to park flooding. They randomly changed...More

1  Thank MaidenPowerslave
Reviewed 11 April 2017 via mobile

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 picnic tables and shelter house. A...More

Thank Bobbi58
Reviewed 8 April 2017 via mobile

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 rest of the park also provided us...More

Thank Patricia A
Reviewed 3 April 2017

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 viewing platforms to see over Tobico Marsh, after that is...More

2  Thank TravelingMartinezes
Reviewed 13 March 2017

great nature trail...splash park for kids. The walk through Tobico Marsh enable3s you to see deer a multitude of bird life and just plain get along with nature

Thank 502Thomas_H
Reviewed 19 February 2017 via mobile

Place was great. Is one of the nicer state parks in michigan. Staff was friendly. Sites are well marked. Was a friendly pla e to camp. I would recommend. This state park to anybody

Thank Robert H
Reviewed 9 December 2016

Beautiful long beach, not crowded, good place to take the kids or grandkids. Must stop by to walk or run along the shore!

Thank Joe M
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cheerintan
This place was listed as one of the best place for stargazing in the news. If I go around midnight, do I still need a recreation pass?
23 September 2016|
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Response from grandpahaight | Reviewed this property |
Yes you will need a pass
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Karra B
Does the park have wifi?
12 July 2016|
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Response from artisian |
Yes. In the campground the hotspot is only in the front loop of the campground, and a hotspot at the spraypark too.
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Alycia H
Is it free to get in and how much is it to park your car
2 June 2015|
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Response from twodercks |
The Recreation Passport replaces the state parks sticker to get you into all state parks, state recreation areas and state boat launches. This does not include local, county, municipal, or metropolitan parks or recreation... More
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