Fort Custer Recreation Area

Ft Custer Recreation Area Campground Review

Camp the Mitten member, Andy was kind enough to share this review!

We have camped at Fort Custer Recreation Are many times over the years, mainly because we live only 10 minutes from there and call it our “home park.” It is located not too far from I94, in-between Battle Creek and Kalamazoo, making it very easy to get to.


Fort Custer has two loops, the East and West, both being very similar. Most of the sites are heavily wooded, private and very large. You can fit a large motorhome in quite a few of them. A lot of sites have paved camping pads and most are very level, making it easy to get your trailer all set up. Fort Custer has its share of tent sites, too. The sites have a genuine “up north” kind of feel. 


The crown jewel of Fort Custer is its 25 miles of hiking/mountain biking trails. Fort Custer boasts some of the best biking trails in lower Michigan. Some trails are rated as “easy” for beginners, while others are much more challenging. The nice thing about camping at Fort Custer is you can ride your bike from the campground right onto the trail system. Some sites even have direct access to the trails.

Fort Custer has three lakes, the largest being Eagle Lake. Eagle Lake is a popular swimming destination for many in the Battle Creek area. The only drawback for campers is that you have to drive to the beach are from the campground. All three lakes have excellent fishing and kayaking. You can rent kayaks and canoes from the park office. All three lakes have their own boat launch and are all classified as no wake. There is also a boat launch into the Kalamazoo River in the park.


Be sure to check out Lickity Split, an ice cream parlor just down the street from the campground. If you want a good burger, chicken wings or a wrap, Players Restaurant is also near the park. Binder Park Zoo is about 20 minutes away. Fort Custer is a great place to stay if you are traveling for one of the events or festivals in the Battle Creek or Kalamazoo areas.

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