The Friends of the Bay City State Recreation Area was formed in 1994 as a support group for the interpretive program, the visitor center and other resources of the Bay City State Park. The Friends' purpose is to provide educational and recreational opportunities to people visiting the recreation area.

Many past visitors to the recreation area enjoyed climbing the Tobico Towers at the Tobico Marsh to catch the views of the oak forest and the wetlands. A grant request came from the Friends organization for $15,000 to be renovated and returned to public access to view the oak forest and waterfowl migration.

In addition, the Friends of the Bay City State Recreation Area requested a grant for the development of a Spray Park to be built in the picnic area of the Bay City State Recreation Area. At the time of the request, the beach area of the State Park was not usable because of the muck and phragmites. The Friends wanted another water activity for children who were staying in the camp ground or on a day trip to the recreation area.  

Community Impact

testimonial author Shirley Roberts - BaySail

"In the year 2000, trustees of the Kantzler Foundation took a chance on a brand new organization that promised to educate children about our environment and to build character in at-risk youth from the deck of a tall ship. The Foundation’s initial grant helped BaySail purchase a new set of sails for Bay City’s tall ship Appledore IV and an additional pool of funds allowed local teachers to bring their students aboard for a SCIENCE UNDER SAIL learning experience.

The Foundation later provided a grant for the purchase of a second vessel to support the growing demand for BaySail’s programs. Today, images of Appledore IV and Appledore V adorn the sides of buildings and have come to represent Bay City. BaySail programs have reached more than 43,000 students and introduced thousands more to our waterfront community, thanks to the vision and investment of the Kantzler Foundation. We think Mr. Kantzler would be proud!"

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The Kantzler Foundation provides financial support for charitable projects and programs that directly benefit the residents of Bay County in areas such as: education, science, arts, culture, human services, conservation, beautification and recreation.

Office Location

Pere Marquette Depot

1000 Adams St., Suite 200
Bay City, MI 48708
Phone: (989) 893-4438
Email: kathy@kantzler.org