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Bay City State Recreation Area
Ranked #3 of 38 things to do in Bay City
Certificate of Excellence
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Reviewed April 6, 2012

Great place to visit for a little nature time. There are walking paths through woods and near the beach. Wildlife can sometimes been seen and a state park is just across the road. The visitor center offers different programs and occasionally weekend activities. Nice place to take the kids when a change of pace is needed.

Thank fredsjamom
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Reviewed April 1, 2012

Love staying at this campground. There's a day park across the road. No swimming though.....nice picnic area. Friendly staff, kids activities. Nice bath house.

Thank roger3116
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Reviewed March 20, 2012

The beach area tends to be mucky. I've heard it has cleaned up since I was there years ago. I've not seen anything to entice me to try again.

Thank Sandi Z
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Reviewed November 22, 2011

Loved walking around the lagoon toward the beach! The beach itself is meh, in terms of other lake towns, but the lagoon is GORGEOUS! And we went into the welcome center just to go to the bathroom, and were really surprised at how cool it is!!!

Thank ivychick425
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Reviewed September 25, 2011

The park has several features. There's the campground on the south side of the road, and the day park on the north side. The campground is a normal campground, heavily wooded with lots of mature trees. There are modern amenities. Most lots are not paved, water/sewer is not at the campgrounds. Most of the electrical hookups are shared, 30 amps. There is at least one swing set in the park, there might be more.
The day area has a cute little pond with a ~1 mile trail around it. There's a playground and several pavilions, there is also a spray park. Behind the pond is the beach. it's kinda a pain to get to (travel light). There are some volleyball nets set up. But be forewarned that the Bay is very shallow, you need to go out pretty far to get in deep water. The water level is also dependent on the wind direction. There's a DNR wildlife building, it's educational and will intrigue the kids for a little while.
The area connects to a rail trail, but I'm not sure where it goes, and next door is a cute ice cream diner (cash only).

1  Thank KillaBanana
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