We visited Bay City State Park on the way home from our week-long trip to Harrisville State Park. We enjoyed our trip so much that we just weren’t ready to come home so we snagged a cancellation and spent one more night in the camper. Bay City was right on our way home so we figured it was a great way to check out another state park in our quest to visit all of them.
We camped on site #21 which is in the middle of the campground. Our site was big enough to accommodate our 34ft travel trailer but didn’t allow for any privacy from our neighbors. There was some shade on the site but not much. The sites on the edges of the park seemed best because they backed up to a wooded area and were a bit more private. If we visited again, we’d look for a site toward the back edge (#40 – 56).
The campground has 189 campsites and is split into three sections. There were plenty of large trees for shade and the park was pretty scenic. The park wasn’t roomy but it also wasn’t overly cramped. The real disadvantage is that the best features of the park, a really nice playground and a splash pad, are located across the street and are open to anyone, not just campers. Walking would be challenging with little kids because of the distance and the fact that you have to cross a busy road.
Since we only stayed for one night we didn’t explore the area too much. We did stop by the Northwoods Outlet store on our way to the park. After seeing so MANY billboards in our travels we were curious! They have plenty of camper parking! With three kids in tow we found the store more frustrating than anything. It is difficult to navigate it if you’re not familiar with the layout. They seemed to have good deals if there is some in particular you need.
We also took some time to check out the beach and splash pad across the street from the campground. The area is part of the state park so you’re able to access it with just a recreation passport. The beach area wasn’t our favorite because the water was a bit mucky and the sand was full of debris and tiny shells. We had just spent a week on Lake Huron which was beautiful, blue, and clear so that could have influenced our opinion.
The splash pad was awesome for kids! It is newer and our kids had a blast. There were several areas with chairs and shade for parents to sit and watch their kids. The only downfall is it seems to be really crowded on the weekend. We waited until 5:30pm to visit so it wasn’t nearly as crowded – we’d recommend visiting on off hours!