If you're looking for fun and adventure either by hiking, mountain biking, dog sledding, or camping, then the Fort Custer Recreation Area is a great place to be. This 3,033-acre park is home to three lakes and the Kalamazoo River, and it has plenty of amenities to make your day trip or overnight trip a wonderful experience.
Consider hiking one of the trails. The trails at the Fort Custer Recreation Area total 25 miles. The trails feature paths for mountain bikers and equestrians, some paved paths, and some multi-use trails. There is parking, bathrooms, picnic tables, and water by the Whitford and Lawler Lake, where you can catch the blue multi-use trail.
The Blue Multi-Use Trail is approximately four miles and goes around two lakes. There are also similar amenities around Eagle Lake, but Eagle Lake also has concession stands nearby, as well as swimming. Your pup can explore the trails with you, but your furry friend cannot go in the swimming areas or buildings.
Wherever you choose to hike in Fort Custer Recreation Area, make sure your pooch is on a lead no longer than six feet and that you clean up after your dog goes to the bathroom immediately. If you want to camp, you can reserve a campsite up to six months in advance.
Furry family members are not allowed in the cabins at the Fort Custer Recreation Area, so you will need to get a tent site or RV site. The Fort Custer Modern Campsites have electrical service, a nearby playground, access to the blue trail, and bathrooms from mid-April through mid-October.
Whenever you're camping, your pup must remain on leash. Reports of poison ivy at campsites have been made, so you want to monitor where your dog is investigating. Choosing one of these 200 sites at the Fort Custer Recreation Area will be fine as long as you and your furry friend follow the rules.