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Fort Custer Recreation Area

Located in Augusta between Battle Creek and Kalamazoo, Fort Custer features three lakes, the Kalamazoo River, second-growth forests, prairie restoration areas, a 219-site campground, and a multi-use trail system used by mountain bikers, equestrians, hikers, and dog-sledders.
Main Number: (269) 731-4200 | TTY Number (text): 711 (Michigan Relay Center)
5163 Fort Custer Drive
Augusta 49012 County: Kalamazoo
Google Map of Fort Custer Recreation Area
Driving Directions: I-94 to exit 92, North on Martin Luther King Highway four 4 miles to M-96. West five miles to park entrance.
  • Recreational Pass Not Required
  • Approx Size: 3033 Acres
  • Not ADA accessible
  • Categorized as: State Park
  • Total Number of Sites: 0
Offering: MODERN CABINS EQUESTRIAN
Area Information: The North Country Trail is located just north of the Recreation Area in Fort Custer National Cemetery. This national scenic trail hiking route from North Dakota to New York includes more than 1,500 miles in Michigan.

Facilities at Fort Custer Recreation Area

Beach House - Provides clothes-changing area for swimmers.: Vending machines and changing rooms.
Boating Access Site/Launch - Access for boating and fishing.: Access sites are available on Whitford, Lawler and Eagle lakes. No wake rules are enforced. Eagle Lake has a barrier-free dock and all launch sites have concrete ramps.
Picnic Area - Picnic tables and fire pits/grills: Fire pits/grills available.
Picnic Shelter(s): Three universally accessible picnic shelters are available at Fort Custer. Two are located at Eagle Lake and one is located at Whitford-Lawler Lake. Shelters can be reserved up to one year in advance by calling 1-800-447-2757 or visiting www.midnrreservations.com.
Concession/Store: A concession stand is available at Eagle Lake and a camp store is available at the campground office.
Playground - These play areas offer a variety of playground equipment for children.:
Beach:
Lodges, mini cabins, camper cabins and rustic cabins:
Electrical Service:
Group Use Area:
Mini Cabin:
Flush toliets and showers.:

Activities at Fort Custer Recreation Area

Mountain Biking: With more than 25 miles of mountain biking trails, this is an extremely popular sport for park visitors. Red, Green and Yellow Trail loops share use with equestrian riders and hikers. Trails can be accessed from both Eagle Lake and Whitford Lake parking areas, trail head and through the campground.
Alcohol Restrictions Apply: A person shall not possess nor consume alcoholic beverages from April 1 through Labor Day.
Fishing: Bass, blue gill, crappie, pike and channel catfish are found in all three lakes, each with boating access sites. A universally accessible fishing pier is located at Whitford-Lawler Lake.
Hiking: Over 25 miles of multi-use trails are open to mountain biking, horseback riding, dog sledding, hiking, cross country skiing, snowmobiling, and hunting. Four distinct loops - Red, Green, Blue, Yellow - offer a variety of terrain and different levels of physical challenge.
Hunting: Open to all species during regular seasons from September 15 to March 31. This park has excellent deer and rabbit hunting, along with opportunities for squirrel. The park is open for trapping, with excellent opportunities for muskrat on Whitford Lake.
Snowmobile Area - Allowed with 4" of snow or more on the ground.: By Land Use Order of the Director of the DNR, snowmobiles are permitted only on the designated snowmobile route. Please contact the park for additional information.
Swimming:
Fishing in the Parks: Learn more about fishing at Fishing in the Parks, a free educational program.
Cross Country Ski: Over 25 miles of multi-use trails are open to mountain biking, horseback riding, dog sledding, hiking, cross country skiing, snowmobiling, and hunting. Four distinct loops - Red, Green, Blue, Yellow - offer a variety of terrain and different levels of physical challenge.
Michigan State Park Explorer Program: Learn more about the natural features and resources located in this park with the Outdoor Explorer Program.
Equestrian: Over 25 miles of multi-use trails are open to mountain biking, horseback riding, dog sledding, hiking, cross country skiing, snowmobiling, and hunting. Four distinct loops - Red, Green, Blue, Yellow - offer a variety of terrain and different levels of physical challenge.
Dog Sledding: Special events are planned each winter. Contact the park for dates and times of upcoming events.
Disc Golf:
Paddling:
Winter Camping:
Canoe/Kayak Rental: Canoe rentals are available at Eagle Lake.

Trails at Fort Custer Recreation Area

Phone: (269) 731-4200
Directions:
Not ADA accessible
Recreation Passport Required
Park Trail

Campgrounds at Fort Custer Recreation Area


Campground: Fort Custer-Modern

  • Camper Fee Per Night: $23, $18 (semi modern-off season rate)
  • Total Number of Sites: 219
  • Camp Site Map
  • ADA accessible
  • Offering: MODERN MINICABIN

The Fort Custer modern campground contains 219 sites with electrical service. The cost is $21 per night or $16 per night during the off-season. Two mini cabins are available for $45 per night or $35 per night during the off season. Modern restrooms are available mid-April through mid-October.

Watch your step! Poison Ivy has been reported on several campsites. Park staff are in the process of removing it.


Activities & Facilities at Fort Custer-Modern

Electrical Service:
Mini Cabin: Both barrier-free mini-cabins are located in the campground and have electricity and heaters. They accommodate four people comfortably. Two sets of bunk beds, a table and chairs are provided. Outside, a fire circle and a picnic table are located on the campsite. Mini-cabin users may use all campground amenities.
Flush toliets and showers.:
Concession/Store: A camp store is available at the campground office.

Trails at Fort Custer-Modern

Fort Custer-Multi-Use Trails (4 trails): 25.00 miles


Phone: (269) 731-4200
Directions:
ADA accessible: No
Recreation Passport Required
Park Trail

Campground: Fort Custer-Rustic Cabins

  • Camper Fee Per Night: $65/$86
  • Total Number of Sites: 3
  • Camp Site Map
  • Not ADA accessible
  • Offering: RUSTIC CABINS
Two cabins are located in a remote area of the park overlooking the smaller lakes and will accommodate 12 people for $86 per night. The third cabin, which accommodates six people renting for $65 per night, is on the banks of the Kalamazoo River.

Activities & Facilities at Fort Custer-Rustic Cabins

Vault Toilet: Two cabins are located in a remote area of the park overlooking the smaller lakes and will accommodate 12 people for $80 per night. The third cabin, which accommodates six people renting for $60 per night, is on the banks of the Kalamazoo River.

Campground: Fort Custer-Group Use Area

  • Camper Fee Per Night: Contact the park
  • Total Number of Sites: 2
  • Camp Site Map
  • Not ADA accessible
  • Offering: RUSTIC

Activities & Facilities at Fort Custer-Group Use Area

Group Use Area:
Rustic Site:
Vault Toilet:








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