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Saginaw Bay is a stunning place in northern Michigan, and when you rent an RV near Bay City Campground, you’ll be in a prime position to camp out on the shores of lovely Lake Huron. While there are no waterfront campsites, a short walk is all you’ll need to get to the lavish beaches that line the lake just minutes away. Bay City is the nearest urban area to the state-run campground, but the metropolis of Detroit is only a few hours’ drive south.The densely wooded campsites at Bay City Campground afford park guests privacy, comfort, and quiet, with spacious lots and a symphony of birds and insects to lull you to sleep or greet you with the rising sun. If that wasn’t already enticing enough, gentle breezes rolling off Lake Huron provide relief from the surprisingly hot summer temperatures. Electric and water hookups are available to those that need them, and tent camping is possible, too, for those without campervan rentals.Restrooms and modern showers are provided by the campground, so you’ll never need more than a few minutes of walking to get anywhere in the park. Aside from the incredible beaches where guests can sunbathe, swim, boat, and fish, there are plenty of fun activities for visitors staying at this rustic RV campground. The playground and splash pad do a fantastic job of keeping youngsters busy, as do the hiking trails and visitors' center on-site. The nature center, housed within the visitors' center is a wonderful place to learn about the local wildlife and the natural history that shaped Michigan's dreamy landscapes and the Great Lakes.



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Camping with an RV

Camping with an RV

Have you ever wanted to sleep at the foot of a mountain or wake up to the sound of the ocean’s waves gently crashing on the shore? When on a road trip, do you like to stop at every weird and wonderful roadside attraction? Do you ever just want to take a break from the hustle and bustle of everyday life and get out into the great outdoors? Then renting an RV is definitely for you.

Camping in an RV allows you to adventure on your terms. Whether you’re looking to bond over an open fire with family and friends or you just want to get away for a while, there’s no better way to do it than from behind the wheel of an RV.

How Outdoorsy Works

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Find the perfect RV

Choose your location, dates, and send the owner a request to book.

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Delivery or Pickup

Arrange a pick up time with the owner or have it delivered to your driveway or destination.

Let us help

Most owners have the option to deliver and set up the RV right to your destination.

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Adventure awaits!

Enjoy the freedom of the open road nd the assurance of 24/7 roadside assistance.

After your trip, return the RV to the owner on the same condition you recieved it.

The Great Outdoors

Much of Michigan’s lakeshore is lined with state parks, making recreation spots incredibly easy to find for those renting an RV near Bay City Campground. Bay City Campground itself is part of Bay City State Park, a beloved getaway for city folk who want to relax and swim during summer vacation. Besides camping and hiking, guests can enjoy biking, fishing, swimming, hunting, birdwatching, and kayaking while visiting or camping at Bay City State Park.Sleeper State Park and Port Crescent State Park can be found over on the “thumb” of Michigan’s lower peninsula. When you bring your campervan rental to Sleeper State Park, you can camp out on the lake shores of Lake Huron, hike, bike, fish, or cross-country ski during Michigan's snowy winters. Port Crescent State Park is equally impressive, known particularly for its Dark Sky Preserve Status. Mesmerizing night skies at the park draw crowds from all over Michigan to see constellations, meteor showers, planets, and other astronomical phenomena in the cosmos. Camping, hiking, swimming, and fishing are also popular at Port Crescent State Park, much like its sister park, Sleeper State Park.Huron National Forest is one of the state’s largest natural areas, with over half a million acres of wilderness to trek. Lush forests, raging rivers, tranquil creeks, lofty mountains, and hidden campsites are scattered throughout this treasured forest, but why stop there? Isle Royale National Park way up by the Canadian border gives you a chance to see the state’s lone national park. This remote island is tricky to reach but well worth the effort when you feel like seeing a slice of natural paradise than only a small portion of people visit every year.

Exploring the Area

Bay City Campground is named for nearby Bay City, a pleasant and charming locale with lots of neat attractions and sights to see. The Central Avenue Historic District is teeming with historic buildings and Victorian homes, making it an absolute delight to see while strolling through the area. Around 250 historic structures, churches, and Victorian mansions can be seen in this district. The Riverwalk Pier is another incredible place to take a walk at sunset or sunrise, with prime views of the water.The Historical Museum of Bay County is a must-see for history buffs camping in an RV rental in Bay City. Each floor has different exhibits, from the lumber and maritime industries that put Bay City on the map to the rich Native American heritage of the region.The Saginaw Valley Naval Ship Museum lets visitors tour the “Grey Ghost of the Vietnam Coast,” a naval destroyer now out of service. This magnificent vessel, the USS Edson DD-946, served admirably in several conflicts throughout American history. Climb through tight spaces, tour most areas of the ship, and meet volunteers who once served aboard the ship. This is just one of many fascinating historic attractions you can experience when you rent an RV near Bay City Campground.


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All towables

Trailer

Trailers for all types of towing vehicles, including SUVs and pickups.

Folding Trailer

Trailers you can tow with passenger vehicles or SUVs. A great way to transform average cars into adventure cars.

Fifth-Wheel

Larger trailers that attach to towing vehicles with a gooseneck extension in the truck bed.

Toy Hauler

Living quarters in the front with dedicated space for hauling motorcycles or other “toys” in the back.

Utility Trailer

All other types of towable trailers.

All drivables

Class C

Popular with small families and first-time RV drivers who want a little more room than a van. Comparable to driving a truck.

Camper Van

The smallest and nimblest of fully enclosed RVs. Drives like a van. Loves posing for Instagram.

Class B

A formal-sounding name for camper van, but just as photogenic.

Class A

Drivers should be comfortable driving bus-sized vehicles and dealing with parking limitations. Great for delivery.

Truck Camper

If you can drive a truck, you can drive a truck camper. Makes roughing it significantly less rough.

Other

All other types of drivable vehicles.

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Questions about RVs?

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What type of RV should I choose?

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Start by determining how many people are planning to travel with you. Going on a solo-journey? Choose a camper van or a teardrop trailer. Bringing the whole family along for the ride? Consider a spacious Class A or five-wheel.

You’ll also want to consider amenities. For example, if you’re planning to cook on the road, you’ll want a kitchenette. If your campground doesn’t have public restrooms, you’ll want to search RVs with bathrooms. Check out full descriptions of our models to help you decide here.


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Do the RVs have bathrooms?

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Yes. Class A’s, Class B’s, and Class C’s and five-Wheels typically have bathrooms. Depending on where you plan on camping, you’ll want to double-check the availability of restrooms if selecting a rig without a bathroom. Nervous about renting an RV with a bathroom? Owners can help show you how to clean the tank or will offer to do it for you for a fee.


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How does check-in work?

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Once an Owner approves your RV reservation, you can coordinate a time to pick up your rig or have it delivered to your doorstep or campsite. At that point, the owner will do a key exchange with you and walk you through the RV and answer any questions you might have.