Bay County Pinconning Park

Dan Tomczak, Sr. Park Ranger
Open All Year Round!

3041 East Pinconning Road
Pinconning, Michigan 48650-9731
Voice: (989) 879-5050
Fax: (989) 879-4715
[email protected]
Picture: Sunrise over Lake Huron Picture: Fun for all ages!  Picture: Camping at Pinconning Park



Picture: Pinconning Park Ranger Station

Park Photo Album Fall Colors Album

Park Registration Office

The park office is open seven days a week, year-round.  From mid May through mid September, office hours are 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.  From mid September through mid May, office hours are 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.  The office is closed December 25 and January 1.

Aerial Photography of Pinconning Park 

Check out this awesome aerial video of the Pinconning Park beach and waterway to the Bay! 

Online Reservations

You can now submit an online reservation request.

Campsite Rental

Billed as the "Gateway To The North", Pinconning Park and Campground is minutes east off of I-75, in northeastern Bay County. Pinconning Park is nestled on the quiet shore of the beautiful Saginaw Bay and has evolved into a spectacular tourist attraction due to its history, miles of boardwalks and trails, sandy beach with kayak rentals, observation towers and decks and endless wildlife and bird viewing opportunities. The park also has a boat launch for access to prime walleye fishing on the bay.

The campground includes 62 modern/semi modern campsites, with a choice of wooded or sunny lots. Each site includes a picnic table and a fire ring. Twelve sites have concrete camping pads while the rest have gravel parking pads.  The sites are equipped with 20 and 30 amp electrical service, while some have 50 amp service.  Sites #1 thru #42 have direct water hook ups.

The park also offers a water tower, septic station, and a super clean and well maintained bathhouse with hot showers.

Click here to see our Campsite Map.

 Click here to see our Trail Map.

Log Cabin Rental

Pinconning Park features six log cabins. These one-room cabins are 13 feet by 19 feet in size. All cabins are equipped with electricity, lighting, two bunk beds (with mattresses), a kitchen table and two benches. Outside each cabin is a fire ring, BBQ stand, and picnic table. All of the cabins are ADA accessible. The cabins are heated by propane fueled, forced air furnaces. Cabin renters are encouraged to bring their own bedding, flashlights, and outdoor cooking supplies. Cabin users may buy firewood and ice from the park. The park office also has flashlights, lanterns, extension cords, propane tanks and related items for sale.

Cabin Rules

  • Maximum occupancy is six people per unit.
  • Two vehicles maximum per unit.
  • No pets are allowed inside the cabins, or on the cabin sites.
  • Tents/covered shelters are not allowed on the site.
  • Smoking and cooking is prohibited inside the cabins.
  • All visitors are required to follow the park rules.
  • All other parks rules will be enforces. See park staff for rules/regulations.

Violation of park rules will result in eviction without refund.

Facility Rental

Picture: Piconning Park gazeboPinconning Park offers two covered facilities for rent year-round. The Pavilion and the Gazebo are ideal for hosting large events such as weddings, graduations, birthdays, family reunions, club events, and business meetings.

The Gazebo is is capable of seating up to 80 people, has several 20 amp electrical outlets, and it is lighted.

The Pavilion is capable of seating up to 60 people. has 20 amp electrical service, no lighting.

Both facilities are accessible to disabled persons, and are close to bathroom facilities. Each is situated in the day-use area, overlooking the Saginaw Bay. There are several BBQ stands and picnic tables surrounding the Pavilion and Gazebo with two playgrounds are nearby. 

Contact the Pinconning Park office at (989) 879-5050(989) 879-5050 for further information, or on-line at

Year-Round Activities

Pinconning Park offers a variety of seasonal activities. Bird watchers flock to our 206 acres nature preserve to observe a wide variety of bird species, including migrating waterfowl. An abundance of wildflowers takes control of the park, from early spring thru late autumn. Take your time to enjoy the view of all of the wildlife and beauty from vantage points high and low. Three observation towers, two observation decks, five miles of trails and boardwalks, a floating fishing dock are all within the park and nature preserve. All are ADA accessible. The newest tower, erected on the shoreline, is the only lookout on the entire Saginaw Bay!  On a clear day, one can see Pt. AuGres,  across the bay to "Michigan's Thumb",  the mouth of the Saginaw River at Bay City and everything in between.The view is grand!!

 The fall duck and goose hunting season also attracts visitors from near and far to Pinconning Park and the Saginaw Bay. The bay is also well known for its spectacular summer walleye and perch fishing. The spring and fall seasons are incredible times for fishing, as many species including perch, bass, pike, crappie, bluegill, and catfish move into the shallow waters. of the park. A boat launch is available mid spring thru the end of duck season.

There are two playground areas in the day-use area. Enjoy a family picnic while the children are busy playing on the playground equipment. Hotdogs, burgers, or the fresh catch of the day can be cooked on one of the many BBQ grills spread throughout the day-use area.

During the late spring and summer months, Pinconning park offers kayak rentals located on a maintained sandy beach with a changing station and a rinse off shower. Perfect to catch a bit of exercise and relaxation. 

Winter brings ice fishing. Access is available right off of the park shoreline with a plowed, secure, parking lot with clean outhouse facilities. Many winter visitors bring their ATV's, or snowmobiles and stay in one of our heated cabins. Reserve one early, once safe ice has formed they fill up fast.


 Cabin, Camp, Facility, and Permit Prices

Pinconning Park price rates are among the lowest camping rates in Michigan. The park staff is committed to providing quality outdoor recreational opportunities at a very competitive price.

Unit Period Price
Campsite, modern* Any night of the week $30.00/night
Log Cabins* Sunday through Saturday nights $70.00/night
Log Cabins* 3 nights/7 nights $165.00/$325.00
Gazebo* Sunday through Saturday $70.00/day
Pavilion* Sunday through Saturday $55.00/day



* Price does not include Vehicle Permit Fees (see below).

Packages and Permits Availability Price
Annual Vehicle Permit Fee $18.00/year
Annual Vehicle Permit Fee (Senior Citizens) $13.00/year
Day-use Vehicle Permit Fee $4.00/day
Boat Launch $8.00/day
Boat Launch  $65.00/year

Extended Camping Stays 

*Depends on availability* 

Contact Park Office for details.

Daily: $30.00

1 Week: $180.00

1 Month: $540.00
3 Months: $1185.00
5 Months: $1,800.00
Year-Round: $2,600.00

On-site Trailer Storage Available October 15 to March 31

$2.00/night or $40.00/month







Area Attractions

  • Bay City/Downtown Historic Area and Riverfront Attractions: 20 miles south of Pinconning Park.
  • Bay County Civic Arena: 4231 Shrestha Dr., Bay City, Tel: (989) 671-1000(989) 671-1000. 19.5 miles south of Pinconning Park.
  • Bay County Community Center: 800 John F. Kennedy Dr., Bay City, Tel: (989) 894-0671(989) 894-0671. 27.5 miles south of Pinconning Park.
  • Bay County Fairgrounds: Livingston Ave., Bay City. 31 miles south of Pinconning Park.
  • Frank's Great Outdoors: 1212 N. Huron Rd., Linwood, MI Tel: (989) 697-5341(989) 697-5341. 7.5 miles south of Pinconning Park.
  • Northwood Wholesale Outlet: 704 S. Mable, Pinconning, MI, Tel: (989) 879-3833(989) 879-3833.
  • Sagining Eagles Landing Casino: Worth Rd., Standish, MI. 8 miles north of Pinconning Park.

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