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Big Bend Family Campground

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.



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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

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.

City Attractions

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.


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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.