Bay City State Park RV & Campground Guide

Michigan

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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Weather
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. 

Outside Bay City State Park

There are more than five other parks a few miles from the Bay City State Park. These parks allow you to explore the beauty of the Saginaw Bay region. Outside the parks, you can explore the nearby cities of Saginaw, Midland, Beecher, and Alma. In the city, you can wine, dine, and do much more. 

Restaurants

Latitude 43

The menu at Latitude 43 is rich with foods such as buffalo shrimp, dried fried pickles, latitude skins, jack shrimp, spinach artichoke dip, and boneless wings among others. This menu is richly American, and there are drinks to pair with the meals.

Type: American, Bar

Location: 1013 N Henry St, Bay City, MI

BJay’s Pizza and Coneys

BJay’s Pizza and Coneys is a place where you can enjoy Italian and American meals. The restaurant serves special pizza and drinks.

Type: Pizza, American, Italian

Location: 363 State Park Dr, Bay City, MI

Gatsby's Seafood & Steakhouse

This lunch and dinner restaurant offers the best of American dishes with special options such as gluten-free meals and alcohol. Gatsby's Seafood & Steakhouse accepts different credit and debit cards, offers free parking, and is wheelchair accessible.

Type: American, Pub, Steakhouse

Location: 203 Center Ave, Bay City, MI

Brooklyn Boyz Pizza

Whether you need to enjoy lunch, dinner, or drinks, Brooklyn Boyz Pizza has what you need. The Italian and pizza restaurant offers vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options. They serve alcohol, have a full bar, and accept a host of credit cards.

Type: Pizza, Italian

Location: 507 E Midland St, Bay City, MI

Uptown Grill

Uptown Grill brings the feeling of a big city inside a small town with seating for 70 people inside and 30 people outside. The restaurant serves American cuisines in both table service and takeout.

Type: American

Location: 3 E Main St, Bay City, MI

Shopping

Bay Antique Center

You can step into the Bay Antique Center for books, computers, and a host of other items. You can learn while there, and you can also buy a souvenir to take back home in your RV.

Location: 1010 N Water St, Bay City, MI

St. Laurent Brothers

If you love candies and nuts, there is a lot for you to choose from at St. Laurent Brothers, including special sugar-free chocolate. The customer service is stellar, and the products are of high quality. 

Location: 1101 N Water St, Bay City, MI

City Market

City Market is a place to shop for local and fresh farm produce while still providing a place for snacks and treats. Besides farm produce, there are Michigan-style clothes and crafts to meet the needs of different shoppers.

Location: 401 Center Ave, Suite 100, Bay City, MI

Timothy's Fine Cigars

If you love cigars, or anyone you know loves cigars, you can step into Timothy’s and pick up some classic cigars. You might also discover something new!

Location: 115 Center St, Bay City, MI

Ward Studio and Painterly Pottery

Pots and paintings are what you get inside the Ward Studio and Painterly Pottery shop. The staff will have your items ready in a few days. 

Location: 904 N Water St, Big Bay, MI

Sightseeing

Bay City Antiques Center

The Bay City Antiques Center has over 400 booths where you can see a host of historic items. The center acts as Michigan’s largest collection of antiques. The ambient lighting at night makes the center even more interesting.

Location: 1020 N Water St, Bay City, MI

Saginaw Valley Naval Ship Museum

The USS Edson DD-946 is an army destroyer ship that has been named a National Historic Landmark. It is also a Michigan Historic Landmark where you can learn more about Michigan's illustrious naval history.

Location: 1680 Martin St, Bay City, MI

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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. 

Per vehicle : $12

per day

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