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Bay City State Recreation Area

Beaver Road, Bay City, MI
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Ranked #9 of 17 Attractions in Bay City
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Outdoors
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014 via mobile

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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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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21 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 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

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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3 attraction reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

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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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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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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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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Bay City, Michigan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014

Sites are decent. Seems awfully buggy at this park. Splash pad was great and appeared well maintained. Take your own lawn chairs. Beach area was nice but water was mucky at the edge. Lot of sand! Volleyball nets.

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