Visit the Bay Area

Bay County is located on the east side of Michigan's Lower Peninsula near the base of the Saginaw Bay on Lake Huron.  Bay County is made up of 14 townships and 4 cities.  It is home of approximately 106,000 people, making it the 20th most populace county in the State of Michigan.  The city, along with nearby Midland and Saginaw, form the Greater Tri-Cities region of Central Michigan, which has more recently been called the Great Lakes Bay Region.

Marinas up and down the river serve all kinds of pleasure boaters from sailors seeking the wind to power boaters out for a cruise.  Only Florida has more pleasure boats than Michigan.

Four modern bascule bridges allow transportation across the Saginaw River, which separates the East and West sides of Bay City.  Lafayette Avenue Bridge, opened in 1938, carries M-13 and M-84 over the river.  The Veterans Memorial Bridge, opened in 1957, carries M-25 over the river.  Independence Bridge, opened in 1973, carries Truman Parkway over the river, replacing the earlier Belinda Street Bridge (built in 1893).  Liberty Bridge, opened in 1990, connects Vermont Street (on the west side of the river) and Woodside Avenue (on the east side).

Bay County has a lot to offer for citizens and tourists alike. It is home to many waterfront communities that exhibit small town charm and big city amenities.  You'll find a variety of services, events and attractions throughout the County during your visit here.