The Fort Custer Recreation Areais located just 1/4 mile east of the village of Augusta,
Michigan. It comprises 3,033 acres located between Battle Creek and Kalamazoo. The terrain consists of forests and prairies, and the park features three lakes. It also is adjacent to the Kalamazoo river.
The Fort Custer Recreation Area has as one of its highlights an excellent trail system throughout perfect for hiking, biking and running. During the winter the trails are used for hiking, cross-country skiing and snow mobiling. The lakes offer fishing year round, and canoeing and boating during the summer months.
There are also picnic pavilions, camp grounds and a 1000 foot sandy beach along one of the lakes for outdoor fun. You can also rent a cabin if you do not have camping gear. There is hunting allowed in certain areas of the park as well, during certain seasons.
The Fort Custer Recreation Area was originally farmland that was acquired by the federal government to establish Camp Custer, and induction and military training center for the U.S. Army during WWII. The land was deeded to the State of Michigan, under President Nixon’s Legacy of Parks in 1971.
Along the trails one will find a variety of plant species, flowers and berries. There is also a lot of wildlife. Taking a walk along the trails is one of my favorite summer activities, and one can spend an entire weekend there and not see all of the trails which span a distance of over 28 miles. Fort Custer Recreation Area is one of the most exciting getaways in the Southwest Michigan area.