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Bay City State Recreation Area

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Nice place to visit

We visited this park since it was not far from our hotel. The day was perfect weather wise, and... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Harrisonburg, Virginia
Many things to do and nice size lots!

The lots are a good size and they have many things to do at this state park. Across the street they... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Sterling Heights, Michigan
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“lake huron”(15 reviews)
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3582 State Park Dr, Bay City, MI 48706-1356
+1 989-684-3020
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We visited this park since it was not far from our hotel. The day was perfect weather wise, and many pepole were using the picnic facilities, walking on the trails, and playing/swimming. The beach seemed to be fairly well groomed. There were many sun bathers...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The lots are a good size and they have many things to do at this state park. Across the street they have a splash pad, playground, volleyball court, bathrooms and the beach. You can also find people selling wood just up the street that is...More

Thank adshawver
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We transplanted to Bay City from Tampa Florida in May. Finally got to bring the kids (20 15 and 13) to the beach here. The playground area was super neat looking. They splash area for younger kids looked fun. Lots of picnic tables, grills and,...More

Thank AngelG7399
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We stayed at the Bay City State Park from Friday July 27th through Sunday July 29th. This recreation area is a short 1 minute drive (10 Min walk) from the campground. Saturday morning, after our first night, I enjoyed the beach area while I had...More

Thank Adam S
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We camped here with our daughter & her husband. The site they had backed up to the woods which is usually preferable but this site was the messiest site you could ever imagine. Sticky tree gunk got all over everything. It was a mess! The...More

Thank dranke
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We took a chance on a state park and were pleasantly surprised. The lake is beautiful, the board walks and paths are nice, and a nice splash pad area for children. We found two nice chairs and sat and read overlooking the lake. Perfection in...More

1  Thank Heather M
Reviewed 10 July 2018

The splash area might be great for kids but the walk Alaina the beach is aweful . You would think we could clean up the dead carp and all the muck that cannot be walked thru . I’m sure farther down it get nicer to...More

5  Thank candim18
Reviewed 9 July 2018

Bit disappointed in the dumpster area at the Bay City State Park Camp Ground this past 4th of July week, already overflowing upon arrival July 3rd, gagging stench of rotting contents enough to induce vomiting. Bags piling up around the bins were torn open and...More

2  Thank Shari L
Reviewed 21 June 2018

We just spent 2 nights and 3 days camping at the Bay City State Park. We have 4 children under 10, and a large dog, and we trailer camp. Generally, when we camp we head up north towards Mackinac or NE Michigan . We decided...More

1  Thank KJ00006
Reviewed 19 June 2018

Went with my dog and family of 4. We had a great time. Water was quite clean and quite warm over Father's day weekend. We had one portion of the beach to ourselves, for the most part, It was a good day. Long walk from...More

Thank PhobicEyes
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Karen T
11 July 2018|
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Response from candim18 | Reviewed this property |
No designated area for dogs
1 October 2017|
Response from CullomFamily |
We were there in the summer, and it was dry. There were no fall colors and we do not live there, so I can't tell you what it is like now. Good luck!