Bay City State Park RV & Campground Guide


Bay City State Park is a 2,000-acre recreational area with wooded wetlands, ridges, marsh ponds, and a shoreline that stretches for about a mile. While camping here on Saginaw Bay, you can enjoy swimming, hiking, biking, fishing, and much more. The climate of Bay City, Michigan, is generally pleasant, with most days of the year being sunny, but the winters can get really cold. The best time to visit the area is between May and October, and there is so much to enjoy inside and outside the state park in cities such as Saginaw, Midland, and Alma. 

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Spring 51-81 F
Summer 5-30 F
Fall 21-65 F
Winter 30-71 F
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RV Resorts & Campsites in Bay City State Park

Instead of setting up a tent in Bay City State Park, consider visiting in an RV. A recreational vehicle gives you the convenience and the comfort you need when traveling. If you don't own an RV, consider getting a rental from RVshare to keep you comfortable. Choose from a wide selection of RVs based on your needs. 

Bay City State Park Campground

This is the main campground in Bay City State Park and the surrounding areas. The campground has 189 campsites all of which fit a 50-foot RV or trailer. You must have a reservation. All campsites offer electrical hookups with some having 50-amp hookups. Better yet, there is a generator to power the sites if there is a challenge with electricity. While some sites feature a camping pad, most of them are natural areas with grass where you park your RV. There are trees to protect you from the hot summer sun when you are inside or outside the RV. Each campsite can park up to 6 RVs. A picnic table and a fire pit are provided to enhance the fun inside the campground. You can bring your pets as long as you keep them restrained and pick after them. In the fire pit, you can only burn approved wood, which you can purchase from the nearby town or the campground. Any other type of wood, whether from inside or outside the park, is not allowed. There are water spigots and water spots scattered in different parts of the campground, so you will only walk a few minutes to access water. There are also modern restrooms available. Camping rates start at $25 per night for a 20/30 amp hookup.

  • Water hookup: Yes

  • Electrical hookup: Yes

  • Sewer hookup: Yes

  • Wi-Fi: No

  • Pet-friendly: Yes

  • Other amenities: Picnic area with picnic tables, dumping station, fire pit, modern restrooms

Finn Road Park Campground

Located in Essexville, Michigan, Finn Road Park Campground has 57 campsites where you can park your RV. It is a great spot for anyone who wants to enjoy nature. The back-in campsites accommodate 50-feet long trailers and RVs. Unlike the Bay City State Park campground, the site surface is asphalt or concrete, so you never deal with dust or mud. However, there are grassy fields around the site for campers who want to enjoy a picnic. Pets are allowed into the park, but you need to keep them on a leash and pick after them. All sites offer full hookups for water and electricity, with some sites offering a 50 amp electricity hookup. Modern restrooms and showers are available at every campsite. Better yet, you have access to Wi-Fi, and your phone will connect to all networks with ease. Rates start at $26 a night.

  • Water hookup: Yes

  • Electrical hookup: Yes

  • Sewer hookup: Yes

  • Wi-Fi: Yes

  • Pet-friendly: Yes

  • Other amenities: Shower, modern restrooms, asphalt or concrete site

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What to Do at
Bay City State Park

Inside Bay City State Park

Inside the park, are three observation towers, viewing platforms, one mile of shoreline, boardwalks, trails, and picnic areas. One of the main activities in the park is wildlife viewing and bird watching. You can also engage in a host of water activities such as fishing and swimming. The visitors center is also a fun spot to visit; here, you can explore Jennison Exhibit Hall, the Wetland Wonders Shoppe, and the Wildlife Observation Room. Be sure to also observe different parts of the park from the visitors center, especially if you do not love hiking. 

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How to Get to
Bay City State Park

Bay City State Park sits 30 minutes north of Saginaw, Michigan. From Saginaw, get on I-675 N from S Washington Ave. Continue on I-675 N before taking I-75 N to M-13 in Monitor Charter Township. Take Exit 164, and you will drive right to the park after driving for about 25 minutes. 

Entering Bay City State Park

You will need to buy a parking pass to enter the park. 

Bay City State Park Per vehicle : $12.0

per day

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Frequently Asked Questions About Bay City State Park

What is the best time of year to visit Bay City State Park?

Bay City State Park is a great place to visit any time. Spring is the perfect time to see the park's wildflowers in bloom. The summer months are ideal time for swimming, fishing, and kayaking.

What is the climate of Bay City State Park?

Bay City State Park experiences a continental climate, with hot, humid summers and cold winters. Precipitation is equally distributed throughout the year, with an average of 32 inches of rain and snowfall combined.

What kind of wildlife can be found in Bay City State Park?

The park is home to various wildlife from soaring birds of prey to small mammals scurrying through the underbrush. The park's many habitats provide a haven for an impressive array of species, including deer, beaver, and several varieties of fish.

Are there designated RV camping spots in Bay City State Park?

Bay City State Park offers a variety of camping options for visitors, including RV sites, which have hookups, a picnic table, and a fire pit. Reservations are recommended, as the sites fill up quickly during the peak season.

Are pets allowed at Bay City State Park?

Bay City State Park offers plenty of space for your pet to run around and a sandy beach where they can cool off. Just be sure to keep them on a leash and clean up after them.