Riverside Park offers 100 acres of waterfront and forest with unmatched opportunities for recreation, enjoyment, and the discovery of nature. Riverside Park is a designated “regional park” designed to provide a wide array of recreation opportunities. Large grottos of Live Oak, Pecan and Hackberry provide a dense forest canopy in a natural woodland setting which is home to white tail deer, bobcat, fox, raccoon. There is a mile of trail to observe wildlife (we have over 180 species of birds). The Colorado River offers great fishing for redfish, speckled trout and catfish.
Park amenities include a concrete boat launch with parking; 40 full-hookup RV spaces; 34 water/electric campsites; picnic sites; two group area pavilions; large clean hot showers; laundromat; fitness trail and the neighboring Rio Colorado Golf Course. The park is only 3 miles away from Bay City which offers many restaurants, shops and businesses to enhance your stay.
Riverside Park was created in 1990 in a cooperative effort between the City of Bay City and the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. In August 2017 the park was closed from damage sustained from hurricane Harvey and was completely rebuilt opening in July of 2020.
There are 3 ways to make a reservation:
- On-line at https://secure.rec1.com/TX/city-of-bay-city-tx/catalog. Click on the Riverside Tab.
- The Riverside Park Office, Sunday – Saturday from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
- The Parks and Recreation Office (1209 10th Street), Monday – Friday, from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
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Park User Fees
Entrance Fee Waivers - Not Valid for Overnight Stays
Valid Time Period
For Day Use
For Overnight Use
|Facility||Maximum Occupancy||Deposit||Daily Rate||Weekly Rate||Monthly Rate||Extra Vehicle Rate|
|Colorado Cove (Electric/Water/Sewer)||8||$40||$240||$550||$10/day|
|Day Use - Per Car||10||N/A||$10|
|Yearly Pass - Per Car||10||N/A||$100||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|Tejas Pavilion (Up to 20 Cars)||50||$50||$100||N/A||N/A||$10/car|
|Colorado Cove Pavilion (up to 20 cars)||50||$50||$100||N/A||N/A||$10/car|
|Dump Station (Without Stay)||N/A||N/A||$40||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|Camping fees include 1 vehicle and 1 RV/Camper per site|
Riverside Park Rules
All fees must be paid at time of entry.
Camping and Day Use Permits Required
Pets must be on a leash.
Gathering of firewood is prohibited.
Fires are permitted in fire rings and BBQ pits only.
Glass containers are prohibited.
Fireworks are prohibited in the park.
Hunting and firearms are prohibited in the park.
All plants and wildlife are protected.
Do not drive nails into trees.
Alcohol is allowed in individual campsites only.
Smoking is prohibited within 25’ of facilities.
Operating unlicensed vehicles is not permitted.
Speed limit is 15 mph.
Vehicles must remain upon paved areas and no parking along roadway or off camping pads.
Swimming is not recommended.
No wake zone within 100 yards of launch area
Camping permitted in numbered sites only; fee required.
Checkout time is 2 pm. Renewal of permits must be done before 9 am on check-out dates.
Park gates are closed and locked at dark and opened at daybreak.
No more than two vehicles and 8 persons may occupy a campsite overnight after 10 pm.
Peace and quiet will be maintained between 10 pm and 7 am.
Disposing of wastewater onto park grounds is prohibited. Please use holding tanks and/or buckets and dispose of at the dump station.
Riverside Park is not responsible for any lost or stolen items.
Cancellation/Refunds: Office must be notified within 72 hours prior to reservation date or fee is forfeited. There will be a $5 service charge added for processing refunds. On Major Holidays, absolutely no refunds or rescheduling is allowed.
Occupancy Limitations: Long term campers are on a month-to-month basis and must comply with our Parks and Recreation Rules and Regulations.
Give the gift of memories in the Great Outdoors at Riverside Park…
Know someone who loves Riverside Park – camping, fishing, walking or boating? Then give them a gift they soon won’t forget – a gift of a yearly pass or a gift certificate for a weekend away camping.
Now you can give family and friends a gift they’ll never forget.
How To Purchase a Gift Certificate or Yearly Pass
You can purchase either at Riverside Park or at the Parks and Recreation Administration Building, 1209 10th Street, Monday – Friday from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
For More Information
Contact the Parks and Recreation Department at 979-323-1660 or email@example.com