Fort Custer Recreation Area, Augusta

Fort Custer Recreation Area is a 3033acre State Recreation Area located between Battle Creek and Kalamazoo, Michigan. The area features lakes, the Kalamazoo River, over 25 miles of multi-use trails, second growth oak barrens and dry-mesic southern (oak-hickory) forests.HistoryThe land was acquired in 1917 by the Federal Government and used as an induction and military training center for the US Army. Despite the history of military use that has taken place on and around the property, there was never a fort on the land. During World War II, the property was named Camp Custer. The Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR) acquired the land in 1971 as part of the Nixon administration's Legacy of Parks program. Today, the Fort Custer Reserve Forces Training Site of the United States National Guard borders the recreation area.The trails were designed beginning in 1993 and were used for hiking, mountain biking, and horseback riding until trails were separated in November 2011. Over 15 miles of equestrian trails were added as well as a separate parking area.Facilities and activitiesFort Custer is a popular destination for hunting, mountain biking, camping, horseback riding, hiking, fishing, and dog mushing. The park has developed a set of trails covering the majority of the area, designed for mountain biking / hiking and a separate trail system for horseback riding. They surround each of the lakes: Eagle, Whitford, Lawler and Jackson. The trails also connect to a camping area adjacent to Jackson Hole. In October 2008, a disc golf course in the Eagle Lake area was completed. Fort Custer Recreation Area has a campground with 219 lots. There is a camp office and small store. Firewood, ice, and some other convenience items can be purchased. Two of those lots are mini cabins. The lots vary in size, some big enough for a tent, picnic table and fire ring, while some lots can accommodate up to a 50-foot RV.
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  • This is a great park without a ton of people. They have killer mountain bike trails all rated from green to red based on difficulty. They also have three lakes they are however no wake. They offer rus...  more »
  • It was so fun to ride bikes through the campground and see the uniqueness of each site. It would benefit you to look around at different sites, some are very spacious and wooded and others are more in...  more »
  • The entire park was very clean. The restrooms are well taken care of, as well as the area around them. The staff we met was kind and informative. The camp ground layout is very family friendly and saf...  more »

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