Bay City State Park (Michigan) will close its campground on September 5 to undergo major renovations, which will significantly improve its electrical, sewer, and water distribution systems.
As per a report from Detroit Free Press, the upgrade project will include full water and sewer hookups to several sites, new electrical pedestals on every campsite, and additional ADA sites, among other improvements.
The Bay City State Park renovation project, expected to be completed by spring or summer 2024, is part of Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s Building Michigan Together Plan, a $4.35 million federal relief funding initiative. The renovation will also include a third lane for the sanitation station and a drainage system to address flooding issues that have plagued the park.
Closing the campground at Bay City State Park will also mean that the Fall Harvest events typically held there would not occur this year. However, the park will host a Trunk-or-Treat event in conjunction with its Mother Natural Trail event on October 7 in the day-use lot. Participants are invited to decorate their vehicles for the occasion.
Additionally, the visitor center at Bay City State Park will be closed through June 2023 for renovations, including a new roof, siding, and a science lab addition. The east half of the day-use parking lot will also be renovated, with pavement removed and repaved, additional parking spaces added, and a bus off turn-around at the playground and spray park area.
The Bay City State Park renovations are expected to boost tourism in the area and provide an enhanced camping experience for visitors.
The park is a popular destination for outdoor enthusiasts, offering a range of recreational activities such as swimming, picnicking, camping, hiking, fishing, and bicycling.
The state park features 193 electric-service sites, modern toilet/shower buildings, a sanitary dump station, mini-cabins, an organizational camp, an amphitheater, and a playground.
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