Fort Custer Recreation Area - Rec 101 and 202: Intro to Mushing

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5163 Fort Custer Drive
Augusta, MI 49012
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Are you interested in learning about dog sledding? Members of the Michigan Husky Club are providing an introductory class that will go over several different outdoor activities owners can enjoy with their dogs including: Mushing, Skijoring, Bikejoring, and tandem snowshoeing with dogs.

The Recreation 101 portion of this class will be a classroom style introduction to the history of mushing, equipment use and safety, trail rules and etiquette, commands and how to use the equipment and train your dogs on the trail. They will also provide you with a list of locations to enjoy mushing with your dogs.

The Recreation 202 class will be more hands on. Instructors will work with each person to get the right equipment for their dog(s). If you have equipment please bring it for review, discussion and use. Instructors will focus on getting the participants and their dog(s) on the trail for a run. This portion will help participants recognize the way their dog works in a practical and safe setting with supervision by and instructor. Generally each run is 1 mile.


  • The Recreation 101 class is free to attend and will not be limited in participation
  • The Recreation 202 class is limited to 17 Participants and will cost $15.00 along with a refundable $35.00 equipment deposit if you need to borrow equipment.
  • If you would like to observe the 202 class you may do so for $5.00.

Other information:

  • You must attend the Rec 101 portion to participate in the Rec 202 Class.
  • Recreation 202 participants must be 18 +
  • Please Bring water for your dogs as it will not be available on site
  • All dogs must be leashed at the event and in the control of their owner at all times.
  • Trail conditions will be monitored and checked 24 hours before each event. If they are not safe for use, the 202 portion will be cancelled.
  • If there is space available they will accept "Day of Event" Registration for the 202 portion but it is highly recommended that you pre-register to reserve your spot

For more information or to make your reservation please visit or call 269-385-0135.


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