Bay City State Recreation Area

Bay City State Recreation Area

Bay City State Recreation Area of Bay County, Michigan

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Trail Description:

3582 State Park Dr. Bay City MI 48706
Phone Number: (989) 684-3020
TTY/TDD711 (Michigan Relay Center)
Motor Vehicle Permit Required: Yes
Approximate Size: 2100 (Acres)
Make a Reservation at this Park

Cross Country Ski trail is not groomed.

Bay City State Recreation Area, situated on the shores of the Saginaw Bay, is home to one of the largest remaining freshwater, coastal wetlands on the Great Lakes, the Tobico Marsh. A mile of sandy shoreline 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. The park has long been known for its outstanding variety of bird life and as a haven for wetland wildlife and plants.


  • Visitor Center - Exhibits, interactive displays, multi-image slide shows and other nature programs to orient visitors to Michigan's unique cultural and natural features.
  • Year-round Interpretive Program
  • Hunting
  • Designated Watchable Wildlife Site
  • Playground - These play areas offer a variety of playground equipment for children.
  • Beach House - Provides clothes-changing area for swimmers.
  • Swimming
  • Fishing
  • Picnic Area - Picnic tables and fire pits/grills
  • Picnic Shelter(s)
  • Alcohol Restrictions Apply
  • Biking
  • Hiking
  • Cross Country Skiing
  • Metal Detecting Areas

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Bay City State Recreation Area

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