Fort Custer Recreation Area

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.


Open to all species during regular seasons from September 15 to March 31. This park excellent deer and rabbit hunting, along with opportunities for squirrel. The park is open for trapping, with excellent opportunities for muskrat on Whitford Lake.

Boating & Fishing

Bass, blue gill, crappie, pike and channel catfish are found in all three lakes, each with boating access sites. 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.


A Beach House provides clothes-changing area for swimmers with handycap access, vending machines. Check water quality here.

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 are accessed from Eagle Lake and Whiteford Lake parking areas and from the modern and rustic campgrounds.

Other Summer Activities & Attractions

Bridle Trails - Twelve miles of trails are shared with hikers. Canoes and kayaks are available for rent at Eagle Lake's beach area on most weekends during heavy use season. For more information, call 269-731-4059.

Picnic Area

Picnic Shelter is available on a first-come, first-served basis or by reservation at the park.


Twelve miles of trails are also open to equestrian riders.




Allowed with 4" of snow or more on the ground.

Other Winter Activities

The park offers a place to go cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and snowmobiling (4" of snow required) on 12 miles of trails.

Alcohol Restrictions Apply

A person shall not possess nor consume alcoholic beverages from April 1 through Labor Day without the written authorization of the park manager.


I-94 to exit 92, North on Martin Luther King Highway four 4 miles to M-96. West five miles to park entrance.


Fort Custer- Modern - (800) 447-2757, 219 site(s), $19/$16 [Campground MAP]

Fort Custer- Rustic Cabins - (269) 731-4200, 3 site(s), $65/$70
Two cabins are located in a remote area of the park overlooking the smaller lakes and will accommodate 12 people. The third cabin, which accommodates six people, is on the banks of the Kalamazoo River. Number Available: 3 Capacity: 6/12

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