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Bay City State Recreation Area

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Address: Beaver Road, Bay City, MI
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Great Place Any Time of the Year

Bay City State Park seems to always be developing. They made a great effort to clean up the swimmers beach area. The beach and volleyball areas are as good as anywhere. The kids... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed January 7, 2015
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michigan
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135 reviews 135 reviews
46 attraction reviews
64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

Bay City State Park seems to always be developing. They made a great effort to clean up the swimmers beach area. The beach and volleyball areas are as good as anywhere. The kids waterpark is always full during the summer. It has an awesome play scape for kids and grandkids. My wife and I live nearby and ride our mountain... More 

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Grand Blanc, Michigan
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19 reviews 19 reviews
7 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014

The bike trails were great. We saw some great fall colors and wildlife. The camping however was a little less satisfying. The park is crammed full of sites. People have to be very close together. The sites are not even close to level. We camp in a tent and don't want to sleep on uneven ground...I get it won't be... More 

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Bay City, Michigan
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

They offer quite a few activities for families and the Splash Park is great for younger children, but the beach isn't a great place to swim unless you have a boat to get out past the first sandbar. There are also problems with E. Coli. after heavy rains, a sewage plant down river from the Bay has frequent "leaks" .

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014

For what I was looking for it was great! A nice walk around the inland pond and down to the lake. It is a marshy wetland sort of place rather than a sandy beach. Great playground, however.

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Detroit, Michigan
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116 reviews 116 reviews
26 attraction reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

Drove up from Detroit Metro area for the day. The parking was free (probably due to time of year- weekend after Labor Day). I'm from CA where the beaches are amazing. Been to the Caribbean where the beaches are incredible. Set your expectations. This is a lake in MI. The "beach" is small and, yes, hard to get to. A... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014 via mobile

Its time something is done to this beach permanently to improve it. Spray park is great. Area is well kept up and pretty. However when you think of a state park you think of beach and in reality BC State Park doesn't cut it.

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24 reviews 24 reviews
3 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014 via mobile

It's sad the way they have let this once beautiful beach, go. The bicycle trails are nice. The campground had nice well shaded lots with lots of mature trees.

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Bay City, Michigan
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27 reviews 27 reviews
4 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

This park use to be beautiful! You could see the water from the parking lot and it was a great sandy beach and large. Now you see weeds, the beach area is small, long walk around to it, can't just walk out to it anymore. I think the water playground is good, but it is because people have to haul... More 

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Auburn
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45 reviews 45 reviews
13 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

As others have pointed out the Splash and Play area of beach / park is one of this park's greatest asset and wished we had something this well thought out back at home. Very large area with many activities to keep all ages entertained for a long time. However, the beach and shore line brought my excellent score down to... More 

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26 reviews 26 reviews
15 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

We did not camp here, but came to ride the rail trail on our bikes. This is a very nice state park with playground for kids, beach access, and sprinkler water for children. Very clean and large. Also had a building with information about the area and some stuffed animals.

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