Welcome to Great Lakes Bay Region

Bay City, Bay County, McLaren Bay Region,

a great place to work and live!

Useful Websites

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Hunting

The coastal marshes and open waters of the Saginaw Bay provide some of the most productive waterfowl hunting in the country. The hunting season is approximately 60 days long and begins the first week in October. Waterfowl hunting seasons and rules are reviewed and updated annually to protect waterfowl populations. Please call the Michigan Department of Natural Resources Wildlife Division at 989/373-1263 for the most current information.

You can hunt from a canoe or 12-foot flat-bottom Jon boat at the Managed Wildfowl Wildlife Areas at Nayanquing Point (northern Bay County), Fish Point (east of Bay County), and Crow Island (southern Bay County). These areas are teaming with puddle ducks, mallards, greenwing teals, bluewing teals, wood ducks, black ducks, pinned tail ducks, widgeon (baldpate) ducks and gadwall. With a boat no smaller than 16 feet, hunters can find excellent open-water opportunities at Wigwam Bay (north of Bay City) an at Wild Fowl Bay and Quanicassee (east of Bay City). The Saginaw Bay provides outstanding lay-out hunting opportunities for diving ducks including canvasback, redhead, lessor and great scaup, goldeneye and ringneck.

Boating

Sailboat

Big ones, little ones. Boats that run of fuel, wind or people power. We love boats, boating and boaters! Tie up downtown or dockside dining or lose yourself on the 845 square miles of the Saginaw Bay. You'll find lessons if you don't know how and boats and kayaks for rent if you don't have your own. With all the freighters that visit our port, even boat watching is a favorite pastime in Bay County.

Shopping

Serious shoppers or sidewalk browsers find much to interest them in Bay County's wide array of unique shops and stores. Entertain yourself for hours in one of Bay City's historic shopping districts or explore the shops in the Bay City Mall. Seek out unique finds at several shops in the quaint communities surrounding Bay City.

Dining

You'll find plenty to whet you appetite in Bay County. From ghost town gourmet to New York-style delis. From hand-dipped chocolates to home-brewed root beer. Whatever your taste, whatever you pocketbook, you'll never go hungry here!

Naturally Historic Bay County

Beach

Archeologists believe early Native Americans settled along the coastal marshes of the Saginaw Bay in 3,000 B.C. They were the first people to enjoy the bounty of the coastal wetlands created millions of years ago when glaciers carved the basin for Lake Huron-The Sweet Sea. For recreation or sport, the Saginaw Bay still provides ample opportunities to enjoy the Great Outdoors.

Bay City was the center of commerce in Michigan during the 1800's. With the white pine logged from the Saginaw Valley and northern Michigan regions, Bay City's earliest entrepreneurs built the world's largest wooden sailing ships. The Sage-McGraw sawmill was the largest in the world in 1864. In the later part of the 1800's the Saginaw Valley provided half the nation's salt supply and lumbering employed more workers here than in any other industry in the United States. A four-block long area along Water and Third Streets in Downtown Bay City, known as "Hell's Half Mile," was a favorite spring-time destination for lumberjacks following long, hard winters in Michigan's woodlands. The area's 26 hotels, 40 saloons and 2 liquor stores provided ample diversion for the fun-loving "shanty boys." Visitors today can still enjoy the historic buildings and sites that once fueled the nation's economy.

Antiques

Bill and Elaine Fournier started a trend when they bought and renovated the old Campbell Hotel on Water Street in what was once "Hell's Half Mile." The building is now the home of the Bay City Antique Center and the heart of a diverse shopping district with an eye on antiques. Several antique and art shops have found a special niche in the several blocks around the Bay City Antique Center, and together they have made Downtown Bay City the mid-Michigan destination for shoppers looking for that rare find.

Festivals & Events

fireworks

The spirit of community and celebration.  Community events are abundant in Bay County. Bay Area festivals and carnivals are a sure source of fun, while numerous activities on the Saginaw River such as the River of Light, the Pig Gig, River Roar, the River of Time, and 4th of July Fireworks Festival offer excitement for all ages. Concerts, celebrations, sidewalk sales, and various tours assure you will always find something exciting in Bay County.

Other Community Resources

Bay City is a waterfront community with small town charm and big city amenities. You'll find a variety of services in our historic hometown to renew your body and your mind during your visit here.

Housing & Architecture

There's no place like home in Bay County. Contemporary, traditional, historic -- whatever your taste, you can find a home in the Bay Area that fits it. Whether you're looking for a house, town-home, apartment, riverfront condominium, a cozy subdivision, a piece of history, or a place with access to the Saginaw River and Bay, Bay County offers it all!

Contemporary, traditional, historic -- whatever your taste, you can find a home in the Bay Area that fits it. Whether you're looking for a house, town-home, apartment, riverfront condominium, a cozy subdivision, a piece of history, or a place with access to the Saginaw River and Bay, Bay County offers it all!

The lasting foundation of history. Bay County's architecture echoes the history and changes of the area. From Victorian and turn-of-the-century architecture to various interesting and modern forms of influence, architecture in the Bay Area links us to our past.

Bay County's architecture echoes the history and changes of the area. From Victorian and turn-of-the-century architecture to various interesting and modern forms of influence, architecture in the Bay Area links us to our past.

Education

monuments in Great Lakes Bay Region

Education in Bay County = SUCCESS! From learning your ABCs to getting a professional degree, the Bay Area provides all the educational opportunities you could ask for. Public schools, including Bay City Public Schools, Bangor Township Schools, Essexville-Hampton Schools, and Pinconning Area Schools, Catholic and Lutheran parochial schools, Saginaw Valley State University, Northwood University, Delta College, Davenport University, plus special academic programs -- whatever your style of learning or program choice, the Bay Area has the institution to fit your needs.

Agriculture

Gifts from the land of plenty. Traveling through the countryside of the Bay Area, you'll see fields full of dry beans, corn, wheat, vegetables, and other garden produce you can purchase at numerous roadside stands or the farmer's market on Columbus Avenue in Bay City. Bay County's dominant crop is sugar beets, and after harvesting, they are processed at Bay County's own Monitor Sugar Company which has been satisfying a world of sweet tooths for over 100 years.

Traveling through the countryside of the Bay Area, you'll see fields full of dry beans, corn, wheat, vegetables, and other garden produce you can purchase at numerous roadside stands or the farmer's market on Columbus Avenue in Bay City. Bay County's dominant crop is sugar beets, and after harvesting, they are processed at Bay County's own Monitor Sugar Company which has been satisfying a world of sweet tooths for over 100 years.

Business & Industry

Business is booming in Bay County. Major corporations recognized around the world, such a General Motors, Dow Corning, and SC Johnson, small entrepreneurial companies, and family owned establishments are part of the diverse mix of businesses and industries flourishing in the Bay Area. Supported by an active Chamber of Commerce, Bay County continues to grow economically and industrially and will thrive as a center for business and industry well into the future.

Major corporations recognized around the world, such a General Motors, Dow Corning, and SC Johnson, small entrepreneurial companies, and family owned establishments are part of the diverse mix of businesses and industries flourishing in the Bay Area. Supported by an active Chamber of Commerce, Bay County continues to grow economically and industrially and will thrive as a center for business and industry well into the future.

Transportation

More than getting from point A to point B. With the various modes of transportation available in Bay County, there isn't anywhere out of your reach. Locally, you can travel by bus or taxi service. Expand your horizons and take your own vehicle on any of the highways and intestates that cross Bay County. Feel like flying? MBS International Airport can fly you anywhere you want to go with service from major airlines including United and Northwest. Include railway services and our international river port, which services both commercial and recreational nautical vessels, and the possibilities are endless.

With the various modes of transportation available in Bay County, there isn't anywhere out of your reach. Locally, you can travel by bus or taxi service. Expand your horizons and take your own vehicle on any of the highways and intestates that cross Bay County. Feel like flying? MBS International Airport can fly you anywhere you want to go with service from major airlines including United and Northwest. Include railway services and our international river port, which services both commercial and recreational nautical vessels, and the possibilities are endless.

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Parks, Recreation & Community Events

Take a vacation in your own backyard. No matter what kind of adventure you're looking for, Bay County has it: neighborhood parks, state parks, campgrounds, public gathering places, boat launches, marinas, golf courses, wetlands, walking trails, nature centers, plus an ice arena and skate park. The Bay Area is a great place for sports, offering numerous organized team and individual activities such as basketball, volleyball, hockey, swimming, skating, tennis, soccer, and softball.

No matter what kind of adventure you're looking for, Bay County has it: neighborhood parks, state parks, campgrounds, public gathering places, boat launches, marinas, golf courses, wetlands, walking trails, nature centers, plus an ice arena and skate park. The Bay Area is a great place for sports, offering numerous organized team and individual activities such as basketball, volleyball, hockey, swimming, skating, tennis, soccer, and softball.

Golfing in Bay County

Name & Address Phone Website Rates Cart Rental Leagues Food
Bay County Golf Course
584 West Hampton Road
Essexville, MI
(989) 892-2161 baycounty-mi.gov 9 holes = $13 weekdays
$14 weekends
18 holes = $22 weekdays
$25 weekends
9 holes = $6
18 holes = $12
Approx 30 Snack Bar
Bay Valley Golf Club
2470 Old Bridge Road
Bay City, MI
(989) 686-3500 bayvalley.com 9 holes = $25 weekdays
$28 weekends
18 holes = $44 weekdays
$49 weekends
twilight - 9 holes = $23
18 holes = $23
included No Restaurant
& Lounge
Maple Leaf Golf Course
158 North Mackinaw
Linwood, MI
(989) 697-3531 golfmapleleaf.com 9 holes = $19 & 18 holes = $33 included yes Sandwiches
& Salads
Marsh Point
(Driving Range Only)
3499 Beaver
Bay City, MI
(989) 684-3551 no website By the Bucket - $5 $8 $14 no carts closed no food available
Spring Valley Golf Club
2635 East Beaver
Bay City, MI
(989) 686-0330 no website 9 holes = $12 weekdays
$12.50 weekends
9 holes =$12 yes No food available
White Birch Hills Golf Course
360 Ott
Auburn, MI
(989) 662-6532 no website 9 holes = $8
18 holes = $13
9 holes = $5
18 holes = $10
yes yes
Green Hills Golf & Dining
1699 M-13
Pinconning, MI
(989) 697-3011 no website 9 holes = $13.50
18 holes = $20  
9 holes = $6
18 holes = $100
yes restaurant
Saginaw Valley Public Golf Course
7255 S. Three Mile Rd.
Bay City, MI
(989) 684-6313 www.saginawvalleygolf.com/ 9 holes = $35 weekdays
$55 weekends
18 holes = $44 weekdays
$65 weekends
twilight - 9 holes = $30
18 holes = $45
9 holes = $9
18 holes = $18
yes yes

Bay County Health Clubs

Philanthropy, Culture & the Arts

museum in Bay County

United in Community.  Bay County has a deep sense of community, evident in its philanthropy. The United Way and Habitat for Humanity are very active in the Bay Area, along with Paint-N-Pride and Bay Area Community Foundation. Numerous projects throughout Bay County, such as the Riverwalk and RailTrail, are impressive examples of the community giving to benefit the community.

Bay County has a deep sense of community, evident in its philanthropy. The United Way and Habitat for Humanity are very active in the Bay Area, along with Paint-N-Pride and Bay Area Community Foundation. Numerous projects throughout Bay County, such as the Riverwalk and RailTrail, are impressive examples of the community giving to benefit the community.

Wealth of inspiration. Culture and the arts are very significant in the Bay Area community, as they have been throughout our history. Museums, art galleries, theatrical productions, and various types of musical performances provide Bay County with opportunities for growth, enrichment, and enjoyment.">

Culture and the arts are very significant in the Bay Area community, as they have been throughout our history. Museums, art galleries, theatrical productions, and various types of musical performances provide Bay County with opportunities for growth, enrichment, and enjoyment.

Boredom is not an excuse, but exhaustion could be!  When looking for entertainment, Bay City and Bay County have more than enough to offer. Community and cultural events are always on the schedule, or if you're looking for music, dancing, or to socialize with friends, Bay City's eastside or westside Midland Street are great locations. Movie theaters, the Riverwalk, and the Planetarium all contribute to Bay City's reputation as MidMichigan's entertainment capital.

When looking for entertainment, Bay City and Bay County have more than enough to offer. Community and cultural events are always on the schedule, or if you're looking for music, dancing, or to socialize with friends, Bay City's eastside or westside Midland Street are great locations. Movie theaters, the Riverwalk, and the Planetarium all contribute to Bay City's reputation as MidMichigan's entertainment capital.

Michigan -- Great Lakes. Great Times.

  • Thousands of inland lakes
  • More public beaches than Hawaii
  • More shoreline than the Atlantic seaboard
  • More public golf courses than any state in the country
  • Numerous ski resorts
  • An interstate highway system that puts the outdoor glories of both peninsulas of Michigan within convenient reach
  • Top rated for quality of life and affordability
  • Year-round activities -- with four distinct seasons
  • Nearly 100 state parks