Description - Bay City State Recreation Area overlooks more than 4,000 feet of Saginaw Bay. Five miles of trails, overlook towers, and the new Saginaw Bay Visitor Center interpret the 1800-acre Tobico Marsh, known nationally for its wetland birds and wildlife.
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Ground hog nibbling on spring grass
- The park encompasses both the recreation area and the Tobico Marsh State Game Area known for its birdlife and wildlife populations. A lovely modern 263-site campground with large grassy sites in a stand of mature oaks is open all year. Modern facilities are available from mid-April to November 1.
Located within the recreation area is the Saginaw Bay Visitor Center, only a short walk from the shores of the Saginaw Bay. Every visit to this park should begin at this award winning facility, newly renovated and reopened in l996.
Nature lovers are treated to five miles of trails, a marsh boardwalk and two 30-foot observation decks that provide a panoramic view.
A sandy beach offers sunbathing, swimming, and picnicking.
Anglers can find success in Saginaw Bay and at Tobico Lagoon. Typical catches include northern pike, perch, sunfish and bass. A trail provides access to the lagoon.
Hunting is permitted in designated areas only. State regulations apply. The park is newly handicap accessible.
Recreation - Outdoor activities involve camping, viewing wildlife exhibits, swimming, guided tours, picnicking, hiking, and fishing the Saginaw Bay. The off-season attracts cross-country skiers, snowshoers and winter campers.
Climate - Saginaw Bay has mild to warm summers with temperatures averaging above 70 degrees F (above 21 degrees C). Winter temperatures average 18 to 22 degrees F (-8 to -6 degrees C). This is the driest region in the state with yearly precipitation amounts hovering around 28 inches.
The park is located five miles north of Bay City. Take Interstate 75 to exit 168 and head east.