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North of the cities of Saginaw and Bay City, Big Bend Family Campground is a lovely, inviting RV park with features and activities the whole family can enjoy. Big Bend Family Campground is named for the large bend of the Rifle River that it is situated along. In addition to scenic campsites on the river, the Saginaw Bay of Lake Huron is a few miles from the campground, giving visitors plenty of reasons to consider camping at Big Bend Family Campground.
There are many ways to camp at Big Bend Family Campground, no matter what style you prefer. Primitive sites allow for rustic tent camping, while full hookup campsites are equipped with water and electric capabilities for your RV rental. A few large group camping sites can even be rented for large gatherings and family reunions, but the best campsites are the ones found alongside the Rifle River and the campground’s private swimming lake.
In addition to the park’s lake and swimming beaches, there are dozens of other ways to occupy your time when you're camping at Big Bend Family Campground. The in-ground pool is a big hit with guests, but there are other ways to cool off during the summertime. Kayaking or tubing in the river provides hours of entertainment, along with fishing if you have the gear for it. Several playgrounds, horseshoe pits, and common spaces are also on-site, along with a pavilion, a community center, and a basketball court. Laundry can be done at the campground's facilities near the park’s office, and there is a convenient camp store too.
Staying in the RV park to get your fill of outdoor recreation is certainly possible, but it would be a shame to miss out on the numerous parks and recreation areas nearby. The shores of Lake Huron are home to scores of parks that allow people to see the majesty of Michigan and the beauty of the Great Lakes. Bay City State Park is a great place to start, found in Bay City to the south. A mile of beaches and thousands of acres of wetland woods make for some stellar hiking and beachcombing, and sunrises over the lake are absolutely divine. You can even find a natural history museum, a visitor center, fishing spots, and hunting areas in this multifaceted state park by the lake.
Tawas Point State Park has an iconic Victorian-era lighthouse on the tip of the small cape it inhabits. There is ample space to camp out on the Tawas Bay, and fun-filled events held at the park, like Tawas Point Celebration Days, which features historical learning displays, workshops, music, art showcases, and much more. The park is considered a bird watcher's paradise, with up to 300 species of birds known to frequent the area. Sleeper State Park is found across the Saginaw Bay on the “thumb” of Michigan's Lower Peninsula, with more lakefront camping, hiking, and stargazing. Here you'll find epic night skies, towering sand dunes overlooking the water, enchanting nature trails, and sandy beaches.
When you book an RV in Arenac County, the sky's the limit as far as outdoor recreation goes.
Tiny Standish is a nice place to do some dining or shopping, but sightseeing is not one of its strong suits. Bay City is only a short drive to the south of Big Bend Family Campground, so do yourself a favor and take a ride to this pleasant city on the water. The Historical Museum of Bay County is a nice place to spend a rainy day, with tons of information about the founding of the city and the pioneers who made a new life in the region. Exhibits cover the lumber and maritime industries that historically dominated Bay County, and stories of the Native Americans and European settlers.
While strolling through Bay City’s Center Avenue Historic District, you can observe the craftsmanship of the Victorian homes that grace its streets. Numerous sites listed on the National Register of Historic Places can be found in Bay City, with old houses built by the original lumber barons, ornate libraries, and other government buildings constructed well over a century ago.
The State Theatre is the town’s foremost venues for live entertainment, in a refurbished, old building. The interior of this theater has unique decorations and funky designs, but its incredible offerings of musicals, plays, concerts, and other life events are what make the State Theatre truly special. There are plenty of other places to do some sightseeing when you rent an RV near Big Bend Family Campground, and planning the ideal itinerary is part of the fun.