Bay City State Recreation Area

Bay City State Recreation Area General Management Plan

DSC_0268_contrastClearzoning is assisting Bay County and the Parks & Recreation Division of the DNR in jointly evaluating the lakefront and beach access at Bay City State Recreation Area to improve the park’s local and regional appeal.  The study will explore avenues by which the park can support the economic vitality of the Bay region, while protecting and preserving the natural and cultural features of the park.  Bay County and the DNR recognize that the water quality of the lakeshore and muck on the shoreline may be a concern of park users.  Many agencies have worked together over the years to improve the water quality in the Saginaw Bay.  Efforts to remove shoreline muck are also ongoing. These are complex issues that have complicated and long-term management challenges on a local, state-wide, and federal level. The beginning of the process began with the assembly of a Planning Team, which includes various specialists within the DNR as well as Bay County and local officials.  Please see the Planning Team tab below for a complete roster. Since public input is critical to the development of this study, the Planning Team recently provided two avenues for soliciting public input.  First, park users were invited to complete a 10 minute online survey, which helps the Planning Team understand what the public believes are the strengths, challenges, and opportunities of the site.  Second, a Public Input Workshop was held on October 21, 2013 from 4 – 6:30 p.m. at the DoubleTree by Hilton Riverfront.  The survey results can be downloaded here.  The results of the Public Input Workshop can be downloaded here. Please visit the DNR’s Park Management Planning website for information about the General Management Planning process.


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