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Michigan DNR Hosting Meeting on Proposed Hunting Boundary Changes at Bay City State Recreation Area

Sep 08, 2017

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will hold a public meeting Monday, September 11, to provide information on an updated proposal to expand hunting opportunities within Bay City State Recreation Area in Bay County. The public meeting will take place 6 to 8 p.m. at the Delta College Lecture Theater, Room G-160, 1961 Delta Road in University Center.

At the meeting, DNR staff will discuss the updated proposal and changes that were incorporated based on comments and feedback received during a public meeting that took place in early August 2017. The changes include:

  • Modifying the refuge boundaries;
  • Eliminating the ability of permit-only hunting in the area utilized for education programs;
  • Prohibiting hunting on the 2-mile looped trail by establishing a safety buffer of 150 yards from the outer edge of the western side of the trail.Only the area west of the outer edge of the western side of the trail will be open to hunting; and
  • Restricting firearm use mainly to shotguns.

While the original proposal would have opened up approximately 1,038 acres of new hunting area, the modified proposal will still add an additional 375 acres of land for area hunters. To view a map showing the area of the proposed hunting boundary areas at Bay City State Recreation Area please click here.

The updated proposal on revised hunting boundaries will be on the September 14 Natural Resources Commission (NRC) meeting agenda for action by commissioners. At the same meeting, a proposal to change the name from Bay City State Recreation Area to Bay City State Park will be on the agenda for action by the DNR director. The NRC meeting will take place at the MSU Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory, located at 4125 Beaumont Road in Lansing. Written comments can also be made via email at

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