West Bay is a large bay located on the west side of Grand Traverse Bay. It is part of Lake Michigan and is surrounded by the city of Traverse City on its eastern and southern shores. West Bay is known for its clear waters and sandy beaches, making it a popular spot for swimming, boating, and fishing. West Bay is also a popular spot for water sports such as kayaking, paddleboarding, and sailing. The bay is surrounded by several parks, public beaches, and scenic overlooks, including the Traverse City State Park, Clinch Park, and Bryant Park. It is also home to several marinas and boat launches, making it easy for boaters to access the bay. In addition to its recreational opportunities, West Bay is an important economic resource for the Traverse City region. The bay is home to several commercial fishing operations, and tourism related to the bay and its surrounding area generates significant revenue for the local economy.