Fort Custer Recreation Area

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Fort Custer Recreation Area


(269) 731-4200

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Fort Custer Recreation Area comprises 3,033 acres located between Battle Creek and Kalamazoo. The terrain is typical of southern Michigan farm country, with second growth forests and remnant areas of prairie. Prairie restoration is in progress with excellent results. The area features three lakes, the Kalamazoo River and an excellent trail system. Originally farmland, the area was acquired by the federal government to establish Camp Custer, an induction and military training center for the US Army during WWII. The land was deeded to the State of Michigan under President Nixon's Legacy of Parks in 1971.

Map of Fort Custer Rec. Area (MI)

Latitude, Longitude: 42.334946, -85.337677



  • Boating

    A boat launch is available for visitors.

  • Bicycling

    Mountain biking is permitted on the park's 25 miles of multi-use trails.

  • Camping

    There are 2 rustic group sites with vault toilets, 219 tent sites with electric service and modern restrooms, and 3 rustic cabins.

  • Fishing

    Fishing is permitted in the park. Kalamazoo River has fish like salmon, brown, lake trout, perch, bass, steelhead and walleye.

  • Hiking

    There are 25 miles of hiking available on the park's multi-use trails.

  • Horseback Riding

    Horseback riding is permitted on the 25 miles of hiking available on the park's multi-use trails.

  • Hunting

    Hunting is permitted with restrictions. Contact the park for more information.

  • Picnicking

    Picnicking is encouraged, and facilities are available.

  • RVing

    Conact park about RV oppurtunities.

  • Water Sports

    Swimming and boating is permitted.

  • Winter Sports

    There are 25 miles of cross-country skiing trails available.



I-94 to exit 92, North (4 miles) to M-96. West (7 miles) to park entrance. (.5 miles East of village of Augusta).

Phone Numbers


(269) 731-4200



Need Horseback riding info
There are 22 miles of multi-use loop trails in Fort Custer Recreation Area. They are open to mountain biking, horseback riding, dog sledding, hiking, cross country skiing, snowmobiling, and hunting.  For more information, contact the park at (269) 731-4200.