Featuring tree lines, skylines, and coastlines, the Great Lakes Bay Region has a wide variety of communities. You are sure to find one that fits your lifestyle. With outstanding services, a wealth of educational opportunities, and a vibrant cultural scene, the Great Lakes Bay Region brings together people with diverse backgrounds and talents.


The MBS International Airport in Saginaw County can take you on your dream vacation or to your business destination. Passing through the Great Lakes Bay Region, Interstate Highway I-75 also provides access to major travel and business destinations. In Arenac County, the Northeast Michigan Community Service Agency (NEMSCA) provides quality programs and services to strengthen the community, individuals, and families. To help keep you and your family healthy, MyMichigan Health has its headquarters in the City of Midland and locations throughout the region. MyMichigan physicians specialize in neuroscience, oncology, orthopedics, and cardiovascular services.


The Great Lakes Bay Region is home to many great colleges and universities, including Central Michigan University and the CMU College of Medicine, Mid Michigan College, Saginaw Valley State University, Northwood University, Alma College, Davenport University, and Delta College—which ranks among the top 10 percent of community colleges in the nation. The Great Lakes Bay Region has over 200 elementary and secondary schools, ranging from public to private. In addition, the Saginaw Career Complex (SCC) works with parents, businesses, and community partners to provide career experience for high school students before they graduate.


The Saginaw Children’s Zoo is an enchanting family destination where you can view Kangaroos, Chinchillas, Macaws, Black-Footed Penguins, and many other amazing creatures. Learn more about the cosmos at the Delta College Planetarium, one of the most technologically advanced planetariums in the United States. Engage in physical activities like jogging, basketball, volleyball, and much more at one of the many recreation centers in the Great Lakes Bay Region. Explore Clare County – Where the North Begins! Most of Clare is undeveloped wooded lands that turn into an explosion of color during spring and autumn. Some exciting Clare County Stats include: Acres of State and Forest Land: 63,000. Lakes and Rivers: 86. Trails: 6. Acres of open water: 3,900. Miles of rivers and streams: 330. ​All of this adds up to a perfect place to escape crowds and explore a wide variety of natural resources.

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