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Fort Custer State Park
FORT CUSTER STATE PARK
FORT CUSTER STATE PARK
5163 W. Fort Custer Drive State Highway M-96
Augusta, Michigan   49012

Phone: 269-731-4200
Reservations: 800-447-2757
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.
Camping
Fort Custer-Group Use Area(269) 731-42002 site(s), Contact the parkGroup Use Area, Rustic Site, Vault Toilet

Fort Custer-Modern(800) 447-2757219 site(s)Electrical Service, Mini Cabin, Modern Restrooms

Fort Custer-Rustic Cabins(800) 447-27573 site(s)Vault Toilet
Boating
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.


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Picnicking
Three universally accessible picnic shelters are available at Fort Custer. Two are located at Eagle Lake and one is located at Whitford-Lawler Lake. Contact the park for reservations.

Fire pits/grills available.
Trails
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.

Fort Custer-Multi-Purpose Trails Trail Length: 25.00 (Miles)Cross Country Ski, Dog Sledding, Equestrian, Hiking, Mountain Biking
Area Attractions
Special events are planned each winter. Contact the park for dates and times of upcoming events.
Visitor Comments, Memories and Reviews
August 15 A nice place to be by Eric Anderson
This is the place I take my kids,we go swimming at the beach,take long walks on the hiking trails and fish all the lakes. There are nice pavilions for picnicking with grills. and a wonderful camp ground. When I ask the kids where they want to go, this is it
July 13 The Beach
We have only visited the beach so that is all my review is about. The water was preaty clean and warm. Not to much sea weed. The sandy area could have been better lots of rock and the sand was hard but once wet my kids had fun. pleanty to play with and build sand castles. the grassy area was preaty clean as well. very little bird poop. I hate going to parks where there is poop everywhere. There is not to much shady areas so you will need to bring your own. the bathrooms are well keep and clean. Over all I really like this beach and I will come back for sure.
September 26
The beach and surrounding area were beautiful even though we were there after Labor Day. Sites were good sized and lots of choices. Bathrooms and showers were clean
May 28 great for camping by pporthome
We use this park every year for repeat camping, fishing, & hiking. have to look at the campsites some are small and others are good sized. Generally the larger sized provide privacy. We use the same site every year. This place has a nice beach also.
December 30 My favorite place in Michigan... by nichjake
Fort Custer is a great place to take the dogs and go hiking. There are many many hiking and horse trails, some of which are along very old roads. Scattered around the park are old house foundations that are great to explore and imagine what the place used to be like. Its a very beautiful place.
December 30 My familys favorite place by Rebekah Gysel
my family always goes here and we all love it here at Fort Custer. the beach is always so clean and everyone is so nice.


Area Accommodations (over 15 miles away)
Indian Creek Camp Conference Center - Tecumseh, MICampgrounds
Enjoy Southeast Michigan's Best Family Camping experience at our clean, quiet, friendly campground. Jumping Pillow, WiFi, Paddle Boats, Minigolf, Swimming, Bicycling and more
Web Site: indiancreekcamping.com
74.9 miles from park*
Baymont Inn Suites - Dowagiac, MIHotels/Motels
The Baymont Inn and Suites of is pleased to provide our guests with exceptional service and quality amenities at an affordable price. With several fine dining restaurants nearby, you won't go hungry We are minutes away from Historic Downtown Dowagiac, Sister Lakes, and several premier golf courses.
Web Site: baymontinns.com/hotel/13520
47.7 miles from park*
Quality Inn Suites - Columbia City, INHotels/Motels
We provide easy access to area attractions and businesses. Only minutes from the Fort Wayne International Airport, Chain O' Lakes State Park and the Wagon Wheel Theatre. Children of all ages will enjoy having fun at nearby Paige's Crossing family entertainment park. Free wireless high-speed Internet.
Web Site: choicehotels.com/hotel/in294
79.4 miles from park*
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