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    Nature & Outdoor Recreation    

Few places can compete with the wildlife, parks, and outdoor activities available in the Great Lakes Bay Region.

Flight

SHIAWASSEE NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE

Trails wind through more than 9,800 acres of marsh, bottomland hardwood forest, and grasslands in southern Saginaw County.

Running in Park

BAY CITY STATE PARK

Camp, hike, and bike along the banks of the Saginaw Bay. Acknowledged as a birding “hot spot”, the park also includes a hands-on museum and watershed exhibit.

Sail Boat

BAYSAIL APPLEDORE SCHOONERS

The schooner Appledore IV is owned and operated by BaySail, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization based in Bay City, Michigan. Tall ship adventures aboard Appledore IV further BaySail’s mission to “foster environmental stewardship of the Saginaw Bay watershed and the Great Lakes ecosystem and to provide personal development opportunities for learners of all ages through shipboard and land-based educational experiences.” Since its founding in 1998, more than 43,000 youth from the GLBR have experienced a BaySail education program.

Trail in Woods

CHIPPEWA NATURE CENTER

One of the largest private non-profit nature centers in the United States is nestled just south of Midland. The Chippewa Nature Center features year-round family programming and over 1,200 acres of woodland.

Tranquil forest

MIDLAND CITY FOREST

Just outside the bustle of Midland’s shopping district lies a quiet wooded haven perfect for mountain biking, cross country skiing, horseback riding, and hiking.

Close Up of Road Bike

RAIL TRAIL

Spanning across Saginaw, Midland, Gratiot, Arenac, Clare, and Bay Counties is a network of former railroad tracks that have been converted into paved nature trails.