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Fort Custer Recreation Area, Michigan - Rustic Cabin Trip

Fort Custer Recreation Area, Michigan - Rustic Cabin Trip

This is also posted with the Camping Group:

Dates: March 22, 2013 to March 24.

Cost: $22 for cabin rental (2 nights) and pay-pal fees.

It will be bring your own food and beverages. I am thinking that we can head to town to eat Saturday Evening. I’ll bring a 2 burner stove, 2 lanterns, and a water container.

Fort Custer is 2 hours and 38 minutes from Navy Pier (164 miles). Take I-94 to Michigan. The park is located 15 miles off I-94.

What are Rustic Cabins?

The cabin is 36 x 20. It has bunk beds that sleep 12, gas heat, a small charcoal grill outside, fire ring outside, and picnic tables. The cabin has an adjacent outhouse. There is no electricity or lights. This time of year, showers or flush toilets are not available. There is a hand pump for water. Campfires are permitted only in designated fire rings. Dead and down wood may be used for campfires. Alcoholic beverages are allowed from the day after Labor Day thru March 31.

Campers should bring their own linens (sleeping bags), cook stove, cookware, tableware, lanterns, flashlight/headlamps, and water containers.

Michigan State Parks require a passport on all motorized vehicles that enter a park. Non-Resident annual passport is $30.50. Non-Resident daily passport is $8.40.

About Fort Custer Recreation Area: DNR Website

Beautiful lakes, rolling hills, and miles of trails can be found at the 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 is a mixture of open brush land to mature hardwood forest, with some pockets of open meadows mixed in. Prairie restoration is in progress with excellent results. The area features three lakes (Whitford, Lawler, and Eagle 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.

Fort Custer Recreation Area features 22 miles of hiking trails, 20 miles of mountain bike trails and 16 miles of bridle trails. Trails are open for cross-country skiing in the winter. In terms of trails, Fort Custer Recreation Area is composed of four loops: Blue 3.6 miles, Red 7.2 miles, Green 5.6 miles (the most scenic trail), and Yellow 5.6 miles. The trails traverse hills, ravines, bogs, and streams.

Click on map for larger view. The cabins are by 3 and 4 on the blue trail.


I hope to see you there,


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  • Ronaelle

    Had the best time!

    March 25, 2013

  • Michael

    Great time! I needed a weekend like this! Thanks Kevin. And everyone else who made it so much fun.

    March 24, 2013

  • De A.

    Great trip with great people! Would like to try this again in late spring and do some mountain biking. Nice trails- but not marked all that well.

    March 24, 2013

  • Ronaelle

    The ranger said we have to keep gate locked. So call me at[masked] when u r pulling in the park

    March 22, 2013

  • Ronaelle

    and Michael :-)

    1 · March 5, 2013

  • Kevin

    This is also posted with the Camping Group.

    March 5, 2013

  • Rosanna

    Sounds fun! Kevin, can I carpool with you as my car was recently stolen?

    March 5, 2013

    • Kevin

      We can't take people with us. We are stopping at relatives in Michigan on Sunday on the way home. It is also posted with the camping group. Comment that you are looking for on that site and I am sure that you will find a ride.­

      March 5, 2013

  • Sharon W.

    Beside hikes, what activities would you plan, Kevin? xCountry skiing prolly requires bringing equipment with us?

    March 4, 2013

    • Kevin

      It is mainly a hiking and S'Mores weekend. Fort Custer is known for its Mountain Biking Trails. It may be to wet for Mountain Biking. They do have X Country skiing trails, no rentals. The average high to this time of year is 49 (low of 30). You probably won't have snow.

      March 5, 2013

  • Helen H

    Sounds fun. Already have plans though.

    March 4, 2013

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