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BaySail (Bay City) Sailing excursions on Lake Huron's Saginaw Bay, aboard the Appledore tall ships. Take off on a Sunset Sail or set out for a Celestial Excursion under the stars — with constellations overhead, charcuterie on board, and live presentations by local astronomers.
Frankenmuth FunShips (Frankenmuth) 30-minute or one-hour river tours of Frankenmuth, where wine and chocolate tasting on the water isn't a summer daydream, but a reality too incredible to resist! Sip five wines paired with five handmade chocolates, and a full pour of your favorite.
Bavarian Belle Riverboat (Frankenmuth) 150-passenger paddlewheel riverboat docked at Frankenmuth River Place Shops' waterfalls, departing for one-hour history tours of Frankenmuth. Relax on the canopied upper deck or in the fully-enclosed lower salon, and enjoy a snack bar, soft drinks, and restrooms, all on board.
Johnny Panther Quests Adventure Trips (Saginaw) Shallow-draft boat tours through the "Everglades of Michigan", led by a legendary local guide. Enjoy wildlife sightings, scenic waterways, and Pure Michigan bliss with every trip — from educational ecotours to relaxing outings.
Bay City Boat Lines (Bay City) Public cruises on the Saginaw River and Saginaw Bay aboard two inviting excursion boats. Try a Free Narrated History Tour (offered weekdays), a Friday Evening Cruise (with dinner and live music on deck), or a Saturdays on the Saginaw River Tour (where a live guide highlights wildlife and what else to see and do while here)!
Bay City State Park (Bay City) Almost one mile of natural Saginaw Bay shoreline, with boat launches, picnic areas, sand volleyball courts, and a swimming beach. Let the kids cool off at Spray by the Bay spray park, then explore Tobico Marsh — one of the Great Lakes' largest freshwater coastal wetlands and a National Natural Landmark.
William H. Haithco Recreation Area (Saginaw) 40-acre, spring-fed lake and sandy, supervised swimming beach — tucked inside a 76-acre park. Rent paddleboats, rowboats, canoes, or kayaks; fish along the shores or from the docks; then grill up some eats and enjoy at a shaded picnic table before a game of horseshoes or beach volleyball!
Float Paddle Center (Bay City) Single or tandem kayak rentals, and stand-up paddleboards, too! Rent your craft of choice or book a guided ecotour.
Frankenmuth Kayak Adventures (Frankenmuth) Self-guided kayaking on Frankenmuth's scenic Cass River, with pre-set trips or hourly rates on single and double kayaks.
Ike's Mobile Kayak Rentals (Midland) Relaxing sunset paddles to all-day kayaking excursions, rent sit-in or sit-on crafts here — and consider a paddle that passes under Midland's three-legged bridge, The Tridge.
Nor'East Outdoors (Midland) Mobile outfitter with a menu of options, delivering kayaks and paddleboards from a fleet of 30-plus — shuttles, lessons, and guide services available.
Cattail Kayak Rental (Pinconning) Single and double kayak rentals setting out from Pinconning Park's shoreline, with affordable hourly rates.
World-Class Walleye Fishing (Saginaw Bay) Hands down one of the best walleye fisheries in Michigan and beyond, Lake Huron's Saginaw Bay is full of trophy walleye and other great catch from perch to bass — whether you take to the waters solo or go with a guided charter.
Guided Saginaw Bay Fishing Charters (Linwood, Bay City) From The Michigan Experience to Adventure 1 Charters and more, top-notch Saginaw Bay charter fishing lives here — and there's no shortage of avid anglers who are ready to take you out trolling. Expert guides provide the craft, gear, and local know-how; our fishery offers up the unbelievable catch... and the unforgettable experience to match!
Restaurants on the Water (Multiple Cities) Savor top-catch seafood with panoramic views at Real Seafood Company in Bay City, cozy up on the riverfront deck of Castaways for Famous Hand-Breaded Walleye and Cajun Catfish Dinners, or overlook the scenic Cass River with Frankenmuth Brewery's craft beer and comfort food in-hand.
Hotels on the Water (Multiple Cities) Staying at Bavarian Inn Lodge or Marv Herzog Hotel in Frankenmuth will put the Cass River right outside your window, while a stay at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Bay City - Riverfront will leave you with sweet dreams of tall ships sailing by!
A Great Lakes Bay native, Blair is the Founder at Brandscape — a boutique creative company specializing in content. Her favorite part? Sharing stories about the Pure Michigan places she loves!