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Fort Custer State Recreation Area (Phase 2)

The DNR is in the process of developing a new phase 2 general management plan for Fort Custer State Recreation Area. Public and stakeholder input is a critical component of the planning process. 

The updated phase 2 general management plan will replace the existing phase 2 plan by re-establishing long-range action goals for the park and each of the management zones defined in the phase 1 plan.

A park's general management plan defines a long-range (10- to 20-year) planning and management strategy to protect and preserve the site’s natural and cultural resources and provide access to land- and water-based public recreation and educational opportunities. 

About the park

The 3,033-acre recreation area is located between Battle Creek and Kalamazoo. The park features three lakes, the Kalamazoo River, a swimming beach, modern and equestrian campground, rustic cabins, more than 40 miles of hiking, biking and equestrian trails, and hunting and fishing opportunities. Historically, the land that is now the Fort Custer Recreation Area supported a complex of tall grass prairie, oak barrens (prairie with 1 to 10 trees per acre) and open oak-hickory woodland. Ongoing ecological restoration including prairie planting, invasive plant control and prescribed fire is occurring throughout the recreation area.

Public input

The DNR held a virtual public meeting Aug. 30, on a new draft phase 2 general management plan. The virtual meeting included a review of the draft plan, proposed improvements and planning process, followed by an opportunity for people to ask questions. Find public input summary

Next step: The plan is being finalized and public feedback is being incorporated (as appropriate).



For more information, contact Debbie Jensen, park management plan administrator for the DNR Parks and Recreation Division, at