Bay City State Recreation Area

Bay City State Recreation Area

The Saginaw Bay Visitor Center, located in the Bay City State Recreation Area, helps visitors discover Tobico Marsh, one of the largest coastal wetlands on the Great Lakes. Nestled under a canopy of sheltering hardwoods on the edge of the marsh, the modern visitor center stands on the site of the historic Jennison Nature Center, built in 1940 and named for George B. Jennison, a prominent local conservationist. Fifty-five years later in 1995, the aging nature center was given a $1 million makeover. A 10,000-square-foot building, which more than doubled the size of the original facility, reopened in 1996 with a 100-seat auditorium and new exhibit hall.

Bay City State Recreation Area Web Site

Contact Information


3582 State Park Drive

Bay City, MI 48706

Driving Directions

Reservations: (800) 447-2757

Phone: (989) 684-3020

Fax: (989) 667-0742


Location of Bay City State Recreation Area

Map of Michigan

Bay City State Recreation Area Events

Hunter Safety Combo-Home-Study Course - Bay City

Date: 04/30/16

Wetland Invaders - Bay City

Date: 05/07/16

Wetland Neighbors - Bay City

Date: 05/07/16

Waterfowl Wet n' Wild - Bay City

Date: 05/14/16

Beavers and Our Wetland Legacy - Bay City

Date: 05/21/16

Fishing In The Park - Bay City

Date: 05/28/16

Herp Hunt - Bay City

Date: 05/28/16

Eagles By The Bay - Bay City

Date: 05/29/16

Wetland Neighbors - Bay City

Date: 05/29/16

Feathered Friends - Bay City

Date: 05/30/16

Wetland Tree Digital Camera Safari - Bay City

Date: 05/30/16

Park Pathfinder - Bay City

Date: 06/04/16

Free Fishing Festival - Bay City

Date: 06/11/16

Bay City Recreation Area - Trunk-or-Treat - Bay City

Date: 09/24/16

Bay City Recreation Area - Trunk-or-Treat(2) - Bay City

Date: 10/01/16

Bay City Recreation Area - Trunk-or-Treat(3) - Bay City

Date: 10/08/16