Winter Festival

Bay City State Recreation Area
3582 State Park Drive,
Bay City, MI 48706-1356
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It's Michigan Free Fishing Weekend! This event focuses on getting families outdoors and exploring Michigan's winter wonderland. Activities include:

  • A Family Ice Fishing Derby - bait & poles provided, holes – pre-drilled, prizes for the best catch! 
  • Youth Ice Fishing Clinic - children will assemble a free jig stick, design a jig and learn ice fishing tips!
  • Snow Snake Clinic & Tournament - families can decorate an snow snake and see how far they can slide it across the snow!

Families can also enjoy winter wildlife watching programs, live animal presentations, backyard bird feeding workshops, snow shoe hikes, an evening Owl Prowl and more! For more information please contact the Saginaw Bay Visitors Center.

Please Note: The Michigan Department of Natural Resources makes every effort to provide the most up-to-date and accurate information on the web calendar. However, dates occasionally change and events may be canceled for any reason. Please call the unit hosting the event to confirm dates and times prior to your arrival.

A Recreation Passport is not required for this weekend but you can show your support for Michigan parks, trails, and waterways by checking "YES" when you renew your license plate at the Secretary of State.

For camping reservations, visit or call 1-800-447-2757.

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