Many of the programs, events, and projects affiliated with the Bay City State Recreation Area exist due to the donations received by the FriendsofPark.org organization. Friends can make a general donation or specify a favorite project to help. To learn more about the many donation opportunities click the donate button above.
It’s Michigan’s Winter Free Fishing Weekend & State Park Project “Go! Get Outdoors Day! “ Activities focus on getting outdoors and exploring Michigan’s Winter Wonderland. Activities include: Family Ice Fishing Derby, Youth Ice Fishing Clinic, Snow Snake Clinic & Snow Snake Tournament, Winter Wildlife Watching Programs, live animal presentations, Backyard Bird Feeding Workshops, Snowshoeing, Owl Calling Hike and more!
Get ready for spring! Celebrate Earth Day Week in a unique way! Learn about migratory birds, Adopt-a-shoreline program,hibernating herps and how to improve wildlife habitat in your own backyard. Fun family-focused activities which include a Migratory Bird Kite Fly-up, bird watching projects and more!
It’s Michigan’s Free Fishing Weekend! Family Fishing Derby, Youth Fishing Clinic, Kid’s Kasting Kontest, Special ‘How to” programs, Michigan Fisheries Exhibits & Presentations, Lagoon Trail Fish Fair featuring invasive species, fish crafts, lure making, Fishing ID, fishing safety, minnow racing, fish golf and free hot-dog lunch for the whole family! Designed to get your family hooked on fishing!
5K, 10K Walk and Run along the shores of the Saginaw Bay. Kid’s Fun Run. Beach Volleyball Tournament -teams competion the shores of the Saginaw Bay! Live Concerts, and all day fun in the sun! Featuring Concessions & More! Proceeds benefit your park’s beach!
Our most popular special event weekend features: Michigan’s State Championship Duck & Goose Calling Tournament, MDHA 2018 Michigan Waterfowl Stamp Competition, Wildlife Arts & Craft Show, Hunting & Outdoor Recreation Expo featuring over 100 outfitters and exhibitors from all over the Great Lakes region, Adult & Youth Waterfowl Calling Clinic, Waterfowl Carving Contest, Wildlife Photo Contest, Quak-Athalon, Parent-Youth Canoe Race, Live Animal programs, Dog Retrieving Fun Trial, DNR Information Booths, Hunting Video Simulator and a whole lot more!
Animal actors will share with visitors information about Michigan’s most misunderstood wildlife, their shrinking wetland habitat and how they benefit man, as you take a guided hike along a pumpkin lit trail. FREE Refreshments, crafts and fun for the entire family!
Free outdoor concerts. Unique cultural performing arts series!
2017 Dates for Special Campground Events for Campers
Fall Harvest Celebration
September 30 - October 1
October 7 - 8
October 14 - 15
Christmas in July
July 22, 2017
$11.00 Michigan Recreation Passport is Required on all Vehicles entering the park. For more information on these events call the Saginaw Bay Visitor Center, Bay City State Recreation Area, 3582 State Park Dr., Bay City, MI (989) 667-0717. For the latest park schedule of activities visit, www.michigan.gov/saginawbayvc