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Bay City Recreation Area

3582 State Park Dr

Bay City State Recreation Area has one of the largest remaining freshwater, coastal wetlands on the Great Lakes, the Tobico Marsh. More than a thousand feet of sandy beach and over 2,000 acres of wetland woods, wet meadows, cattail marshlands and oak savannah prairies make it an ideal staging area for migratory birds. 


Mark Hartman

Saturday, June 16, 2018
We had my five year old son's birthday 🎉 there today and absolutely loved it. The staff at the front entrance were extremely friendly. The splash park was super clean. Found a perfect spot in the plentiful shade with a grill. We went to the beach too and it was really nice. The water was kinda cloudy however I think that was because it was windy. I will be definitely be coming back numerous times this summer!!!! Definitely has 5 stars from my family and I

Heather M

Friday, July 6, 2018
Great splash pad and park area for kids! Parking is far enough that I don't worry about my kids running into the lot, but not too far away that the walk is noticeable. Playground is fenced in with only one way out so it's easy to keep track of kids. Restrooms and changing areas are conveniently located. The persistent seagulls are my only complaint!

Evan K

Thursday, June 14, 2018
A gorgeous park with plenty of things to see and do. Nice trails, beaches, pavilions, fishing areas, and more. The only couple of things that could make it better would be cheaper admission and making the beach sand less full of shells and rocks and whatnot. I'd still give it 5 stars even with these thoughts.

Diane Walker

Sunday, July 1, 2018
As a resident and frequent camper, I am extremely disappointed with the lack of respect from the staff. We have been to two other state parks this month and one private only to find welcoming patrols and daily conversations. Realizing a quiet hour, we have always camped and gathered with friends and never minded a reminder if voices were carrying, but the disrespectful tone, telling us “we won’t tell you to go to bed, but,..” It was 11 and past quiet hour, but the attitude given could be interpreted as provoking. No one was disorderly. In fact, other young groups around us were very loud. Our group has traveled and no where else had there been a time of Depity Dog. Let’s hope George will be replaced soon after his retirement to reign in these young folks. We overheard another camper complain of our park just this week for the same attitude. Let’s hope this discontinues. As a last note, every other state park seems to be maintaining sites well and not waiting for the trees to fall before attending to them. I am beginning to wonder how money is allocated to the parks as ours seems to be lagging behind.

Steven Yackel

Sunday, April 29, 2018
We were traveling through the area in January and wanted to "look" at the lake. Of course, it was frozen solid but at least I can add it to my list of great lakes I have visited. It was fun to get to see the locals going out to their ice shacks which seemed like they were a long ways out on the lake. The park looked like it would be a fantastic place during the summer with lots of amenities for picnics, beach time and enjoying the natural area.

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