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Fort Custer Recreation Area

Augusta, Michigan


5163 Fort Custer Dr
Augusta, Michigan 49012
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Sites: 219
Recent Rate: $$$$

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Latitude: 42.32162
Longitude: -85.35038

Elevation: 813' (approx.)
Park Features
  • Pull-thru Sites Pull-thru Sites no
  • Pets Allowed Pets Allowed yes
  • Big Rig Access Big Rig Access yes
  • Tent Camping Tent Camping yes
  • 55+ Only 55+ Only no
  • Kid Friendly Kid Friendly yes
  • Boondocking Boondocking no
  • Cabins / Cottages / Yurts Cabins / Cottages / Yurts yes
  • Dump Station Dump Station yes
  • Group Camping Group Camping ?
  • Water Spigot Water Spigot ?
Hookups
  • Full Hookup Full Hookup no
  • Electric (50 AMP) Electric (50 AMP) no
  • Electric (30 AMP) Electric (30 AMP) yes
  • Sewer Sewer no
  • Public Phone Public Phone no
  • Water Water no
  • Cable/Sat. TV Hookup Cable/Sat. TV Hookup no
Connectivity
  • WiFi WiFi no
  • ATT Cellular Provider ATT
  • Verizon Cellular Provider Verizon
  • Sprint Cellular Provider Sprint
  • T-Mobile Cellular Provider T-Mobile
Amenities
  • Restrooms Restrooms yes
  • Showers Showers yes
  • Laundry Facilities Laundry Facilities ?
  • Camp Store Camp Store ?
  • Pet Area Pet Area ?
  • Propane Available Propane Available ?
  • Cafe / Snack Bar Cafe / Snack Bar ?
  • Clubhouse Clubhouse ?
  • Firewood Available Firewood Available ?
  • Group Kitchen Group Kitchen ?
  • Horse Camp Horse Camp ?
  • Landing Strip Landing Strip ?
  • Picnic Shelter Picnic Shelter ?
  • Restrooms: vault Restrooms: vault ?
Recreation
  • Pool Access Pool Access no
  • Playground Playground ?
  • Recreational Trails Recreational Trails yes
  • Rec Room Rec Room ?
  • Casino Casino ?
  • Fishing Fishing yes
  • Beach Beach yes
  • Biking Biking ?
  • Boating Boating ?
  • Golf Golf ?
  • Gym/Workout Facilities Gym/Workout Facilities ?
  • Horseshoes Horseshoes ?
  • Mini-Golf Mini-Golf ?
  • Outdoor Courts Outdoor Courts ?
  • Pickleball Pickleball ?
  • Water Access Water Access yes

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16 Reviews

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Review Count: 2
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: July, 2018 - $28.00
Overall Rating:

We have camped here many times when visiting relatives. Located between Kalamazoo and Battle Creek Michigan. Nice state park with spacious campsites. Hiking trails, swimming beach, and fishing. Close to metro areas. We camped at Fort Custer Recreation Area in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
84
Site Surface
Asphalt, Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Quite a bit longer than my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
No Others In Sight, Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady, Covered Forested
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
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Review Count: 78
States Visited: 20
Helpful Reviews: 10

Date of Stay: July, 2017 - $25.00
Overall Rating:

Nice State Park with good space between campsites. As with many of the State Park campgrounds in Michigan the sites were electric only. Many of the sites were getting a bit overgrown with brush and tree limbs. Could use some trimming. Our site was rated for up to a 45' RV but the tree branches hanging down limited access. We camped at Fort Custer Recreation Area in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
182
Site Surface
Dirt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Covered Forested
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
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Review Count: 76
States Visited: 36
Helpful Reviews: 19

Date of Stay: August, 2016 - $23.00
Overall Rating:

After reading some of these reviews, I was starting to wonder if I was in the same park. This place is gorgeous. Huge sites with lots of privacy. We were in site 119, next to the bathrooms and had no issues except for a rude dog owner who didn't scoop. We camped at Fort Custer Recreation Area in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
119
Site Surface
Dirt, Grass
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Quite a bit longer than my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tips for other Campers:

Battle Creek is pretty boring on a Sunday but check out Territorial Brewing Co!

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Review Count: 16
States Visited: 4
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: April, 2012 - $21.00
Overall Rating:

We stayed in this park while we were handling some family business in the area. Great value for the money. Roads coming in were quite rough, they are supposed to be resurfaced soon. Nice big and private sites. Many hiking, equestrian, and biking trails. We would definitely stay at this park again. We camped at Fort Custer Recreation Area in a Travel Trailer.

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Review Count: 65
States Visited: 24
Helpful Reviews: 12

Date of Stay: April, 2011 - $20.00
Overall Rating:

I was here before the park was ready for the season but they still let me camp for a week anyway. The bath facilities were not open yet. This is very typical of the Michigan State Park system: ie, kind of rustic, no frills, which is the way it should be. The staff was great. Roads are paved (very rough coming in) and the campsites are grass/gravel and they are spaced quite a distance apart. If you are looking for an upscale RV resort with all the bells and whistles, well, this might not be the best place. However, it is one of only a very few campgrounds in the area. This is a good place if you enjoy the woods and nature kind of thing. If in the area, I'd sign up to stay again. We camped at Fort Custer Recreation Area in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 28
States Visited: 10
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: September, 2010 - $21.00
Overall Rating:

If you are expecting a resort you will be unhappy. This is a nice State Park in the woods with decent privacy between sites. There are lots of outdoor activities like mountain biking, hiking, and canoeing. There is also a nice swimming beach. There are mosquitos but if you use bug spray or a Thermacell bug repelling lantern they will leave you alone. I did not experience any problems navigating our 30' class C anywhere in the park and saw several large Class A rigs there also. We camped at Fort Custer Recreation Area in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 3
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: May, 2009 - $21.00
Overall Rating:

Talk about mosquito's! They will eat you up alive! And if you have a pet, you better not go site seeing around Battle Creek or Kalamazoo! They will impound them so quick and then you get to come back for a court date! We camped at Fort Custer Recreation Area in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 10
States Visited: 5
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: August, 2008 - $21.00
Overall Rating:

While I have to agree with the previous post about Ft Custer SP sites being a challenge for large rigs, we stayed there for three days in August and had an enjoyable time. I rate it a 7 because most of the sites are conducive to tent campers, pop-ups, and TTs or 5ers that are less than 28ft in length. For a such a large CG with 219 total sites we found it surprisingly quiet and the other campers well behaved. We had site 158, which is a beautiful site, very shady, but tight backing into because of huge oak trees as you back in and along the length of the paved pad. By using part of the unpaved tent site just across from my site I was able to maneuver my Chevy 3500 and Jayco 31RLS 5er into the site. All sites at this CG are back-in. For the benefit of those with rigs of my size/length, other sites I investigated on foot that would accommodate my rig, especially in terms of ease for backing in were 109, 56, 52, 90, 82, and 66. If you are driving a Class A or a Super C, about the only site that will work for you is 169. It's easy in/easy out, but it is wide open with no shade at all from the am/pm sun. There are lots of very nice biking/hiking trails throughout the park, and the lakes are very family friendly. The dump site was adequate, however, the hoses and fittings need replacing, and the potable water pressure was low. It took forever to fill my potable tank upon arrival. The bath/restroom buildings looked new, however, we did not use them. Firewood is pricey at $5 per bundle. Expect the CG to be crowded Fri-Sun, but very open Mon-Thurs. The CG is easily accessible from I-94. We camped at Fort Custer Recreation Area in a Fifth Wheel.

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Review Count: 105
States Visited: 25
Helpful Reviews: 6

Date of Stay: July, 2008 - $41.00
Overall Rating:

If you have a class A motorhome do not use this park. We scraped numerous trees with our roof both getting into and out of our site. We told the ranger that they really needed to trim a bunch of trees and he didn't even understand why. We also had trouble accessing the electric hookup and we have a 50 foot cord and that is a problem on most of the sites. If you have a tent or popup and you like mosquitos then this park is fine but be aware that, in addition to the fee, you have to pay another $8 for your MH and $4 for your toad. $41 is pretty high for a 30 amp connection with no sewer, water, cable or wifi. We camped at Fort Custer Recreation Area in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 11
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: May, 2008 - $21.00
Overall Rating:

Once again a great trip to Fort Custer. Many of the sites have had some new landscaping by filling in low spots with dirt and planting new grass. The already modern shower/bathrooms have had slight remodels, updated towel and paper dispensers and new stall walls mostly. Wood is now also available at the ranger station all the time, no longer a private company selling wood at selected times (ice also still available at the ranger station). Excellent facilities as always and a pretty quiet park with plenty of space between most sites. If you like "being in the woods" but still have electric this is a great place to do that. We camped at Fort Custer Recreation Area in a Tent Trailer.

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Review Count: 14
States Visited: 10
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: October, 2007 - $21.00
Overall Rating:

Beautiful Campground. Usually quiet except for occasional gunfire from the Army Reserve camp nearby, Great bike trails. Beach nearby. Busy around holidays. Good food nearby We camped at Fort Custer Recreation Area in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 11
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: May, 2007 - $19.00
Overall Rating:

This is a state campground. We stayed here twice this year and it was very nice both time. There are some sites that are more secluded then others. The staff was on top of any problems that arose. There wasn't a whole lot for kids to do right in the camping area but you could walk/ride or drive to other parts of the state park to enjoy the lake and playgrounds. Very nice place to stay at a reasonable rate. We camped at Fort Custer Recreation Area in a Travel Trailer.

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Review Count: 8
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: May, 2007 - $19.00
Overall Rating:

We loved this park. Unfortunately it rained just about all weekend. Our site was not too bad, but seen other sites that were pretty muddy. It was quiet at night. Lots of trails and paved roads. One restroom/shower building per loop, but there is pit toilets in the woods. Lakes for fishing and swimming nearby. Very nice beach area with snack bar. Registration fee of $8 added to camping fee and entry fee either per day or annual. We camped at Fort Custer Recreation Area in a Travel Trailer.

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Review Count: 3
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: August, 2006 - $19.00
Overall Rating:

Our first experience with this park was at registration. We expected a nightly rate of $19, but had to pay an additional $5 just for registering, then a whopping $8 a day for the entrance fee. Since we had only planned for a two-night stay - this totaled at over $30 a night for a spot with no water or sewer at site. There is only one water fill location per campground loop. The dumpsters are located at the front of the park outside the campground gate. The park is surprisingly clean considering the dumpsters are located so far away. The sites are very private and lots of trees and vegetation abound. The electric boxes can be quite far away from your site. We have a 25 foot electric cord and had to use an extension. We saw some sites which would have been impossible even with our extension. We camped at Fort Custer Recreation Area in a Travel Trailer.

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Review Count: 11
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: June, 2006 - $19.00
Overall Rating:

We really like this park for it's rustic nature. Majority of sites are very large and those in the forest parts are private, surrounded by trees and brush. Many sites have a "driveway" which then opens up into a large clearing in the woods in the back. Fort Custer is actually a State Recreation Area and not a state park. This means there are lots of activities such as fishing and boating on one of the many lakes or the river, hunting and tons of mountain bike trails. If you are expecting lots of things to do for the kids you should look elsewhere. However there is a very nice and large beach on a lake so there is something for the kids to do. Bugs can be bad. I think it's just the nature of being in the woods and near water. Bug spray is a must or have a screen room. There is one shower/bathroom facility per loop. Personally I think they need more on busy weekends. But we took showers in the "off hours" and didn't have a wait. They were generaly clean but I've seen better at other state parks. There is no camp store but wood and ice are available at the campground office. Horeshoe pits are near the camp host. BIG NOTE: There is no alcohol allowed in the park! I'm certainly known to toss a few back myself but I actually find this refreshing. I don't know how strict they are but not having a drunk loud party next to you is pretty nice for a change. Overall we will be back despite the bugs. We camped at Fort Custer Recreation Area in a Tent Trailer.

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