There are many wonderful state parks in Michigan, as the state is well known for its large expanses of forests, a multitude of lakes, and access to many of the Great Lakes. When you book an RV in Bay County, you’ll have easy access to Bay City State Park. If you imagine the shape of Michigan to be a hand or glove, as many Michigan residents do, then this state park is located between the thumb and pointer finger.
Bay City State Park rests on Saginaw Bay, which eventually connects to Lake Huron. Near to the state park is Bay City, after which the state park is named. Also within easy driving distance are larger cities like Midland and Saginaw. Camping with an RV in Bay City State Park will give guests convenient access to a lot of what eastern central Michigan has to offer, all without being restricted to a hotel.
RV camping at Bay City State Park will give you unbridled access to Saginaw Bay. This bay is huge and offers plenty of space to enjoy boating, kayaking, canoeing, and the like. There is a boat launch near the park that guests can use if they’ve brought a boat; otherwise the waters are very pleasant to enjoy a leisurely float in during the summer. A nice way to spend the day on Saginaw Bay is on the sandy beaches that border the edge of the state park. These beaches are great places for sunbathing, playing beach games, and all around being outdoors when the weather is pleasant.
Connected to Bay City State Park is the Tobico Marsh Natural Area, which contains the Tobico Marsh. This marsh is a popular destination for fishing, so when you plan your motorhome camping trip, be sure to get your fishing licenses in order. The marsh is huge and contains plenty of varieties of fish, and a nearby tackle shop can get you sorted out with poles and lures when you don’t bring your own.
Surrounding the Tobico Marsh are thousands of acres of wetland woods, meadows, and prairies that can be explored on hiking trails and constructed boardwalks. These hiking trails are popular places to see wildlife in the area, especially birds since the park is a staging area for many migratory birds. In addition to birds, plant lovers will be able to spot many different, diverse species that thrive in the area thanks to its inland protection and welcoming ecosystem.
Camping at Bay City State Park
One of the easiest places to camp in an RV near Bay City is at Bay City State Park, which offers two different large camping loops to choose from. RVs are definitely welcome, especially with reservations ahead of time, so after you sort out your travel dates, be sure to book your camping sites for the utmost convenience. There are full hookups at most of the RV sites, and concrete pads will ensure getting your RV level is a breeze. Most of the sites are nestled in among the trees, so although you won’t have complete and utter privacy, you also won’t be staring at your neighbors during your whole trip.
Onsite facilities also help contribute to a pleasant stay, which is why it is so convenient that the Bay City State Park has two different facility locations. These are equidistant from both camping loops and contain modern bathrooms, showers, and laundry facilities that guests can use. There are ADA compliant options for both the bathrooms and showers, and the paved walkways in the park ensure getting around is a breeze for everyone. The amount of pull through RV camping spots is limited, however, so drivers that aren’t as comfortable with backing up should definitely call ahead.
Exploring the Area
When you rent a camper near Bay City State Park, you’ll have access to a lot of fun and educational destinations in the surrounding area. The nearest, and perhaps most pertinent, is the Saginaw Bay Visitor Center. This visitor’s center is surrounded by a canopy of trees, on the edge of a marsh, and was built in 1940. The visitor center is also the perfect place to go when you have questions about the park and surrounding area, as onsite rangers and employees are trained to provide you with information.
In between Bay City State Park and Bay City, guests will find many restaurants and gas stations on the numerous roads that connect the two destinations. The food options are pretty diverse, including Mexican, Italian, sandwich shops, classic American diners, burger joints, and more. There are also many larger style gas stations that are easier to navigate in a large RV than their smaller counterparts, so guests who are first-time rental RV drivers shouldn’t have too much trouble.
To learn more about Bay City and the small towns surrounding it, the Historical Museum of Bay County is the premier destination in the area. This museum is packed full of information, exhibits, artifacts, and stories that guests can learn at their leisure. Tours of the museum can be arranged, for those who prefer structured learning, while a free form exploration of the museum is also possible. After all, enjoying things at your own pace may be one of the reasons that you arrange for a rental motorhome at Bay City State Park.