Riverside Park

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Park Amenities

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; kayak rentals; 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.  

How to Make a Reservation


There are 3 ways to make a reservation:

  1. On-line at https://secure.rec1.com/TX/city-of-bay-city-tx/catalog.  Click on the Riverside Tab.
  2. The Riverside Park Office, Sunday – Saturday from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  3. The Parks and Recreation Office (1209 10th Street), Monday – Friday, from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. 


For More Information

There are 3 ways to contact us:

  1. Call Riverside Park at 979-245-0340, Sunday – Saturday from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. 
  2. Call  the Parks and Recreation Office at 979-323-1660, Monday – Friday, from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. 
  3. or e-mail us at riversidepark@cityofbaycity.org or parks-rec@cityofbaycity.org 
Map of Riverside Park
  1. Fees
  2. Campground Rules
  3. Events
  4. Gift Certificates
  5. Photo Gallery
  6. Kayak REntals

Park User Fees

A user fee is a fee charged for use of a facility or accommodations or a service or privilege granted while visiting in our park.  There is a $5 convenience fee for all credit cards.  Boat Launch is included in Day Use Fee.  

Entrance Fee Waivers - Not Valid for Overnight Stays

  • To volunteer services.
  • To sell, service or demonstrate merchandise to concessionaire or park staff.
  • Visit homes of park employees.
  • Towed or hauled vehicle is used for transportation while primary vehicle is stationary at campsite.
  • Education - Issued to students enrolled in colleges, universities and public or private schools. This free pass is valid for day use only when project of class assignments is directly related to natural, historical, scientific or man-made features of the park. Collecting of plants, minerals, fossils, or animals is not permitted.
  • An official or duly appointed adult of the school must supervise groups of this type. For individual entry, a person must present credentials or other identification from the school.

Valid Time Period

For Day Use

Includes Day use operating hours of the park on date for which admission is paid.

For Overnight Use

Begins on date entrance fee is paid and not later than 2 p.m. on the following day.


No refunds will be issued to patron(s) using the day use areas. Camper fees paid in advance may be refunded at park headquarters if notification was given within 72 hours of cancellation or if authorized by Parks Director. 


FacilityMaximum OccupancyDepositDaily RateWeekly RateMonthly RateExtra Vehicle Rate
Colorado Cove (Electric/Water/Sewer)8
Wilderness (Electric/Water)8
Day Use - Per Car10N/A$10

Yearly Pass - Per Car10N/A$100N/AN/AN/A
Tejas Pavilion (Up to 20 Cars)50$50$100N/AN/A$10/car
Colorado Cove Pavilion (up to 20 cars)50$50$100N/AN/A$10/car
Group Primitive Area 
Dump Station (Without Stay)N/AN/A$40N/AN/AN/A
Camping fees include 1 vehicle and 1 RV/Camper per site