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The parks of Cass County Michigan are one of the little-known natural wonders of southwestern Lower Michigan. Our mission is to provide quality park facilities for all segments of our population. We strive to enhance the quality of life for county residents and park visitors through active citizen involvement, planned growth, and professional stewardship of Cass County parks. Check out the diverse number of recreational activities offered by Cass County Parks & Recreation Department.

Dr. T.K. Lawless Park

has the best mountain biking trails in the area. The park is also a naturalist’s paradise for hiking, bird watching at any time of the year and so many more outdoor activities and sports. This 820 acre nature park is open year-round and boasts a broad range of recreational activities for every season of the year.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_column_text]For Fun & Recreation

  • Cross-country skiing (7 mi. groomed)
  • Mountain biking (10 mi.)
  • Leisure biking (7 mi.)
  • Hiking trails (7 mi.)
  • Picnicking
  • Ball fields (2)
  • Soccer field
  • Horse shoe pits (2)
  • Fishing
  • Inner tube sledding (tubes provided)
  • Paved total access trail
    (1 mi.)
  • Children’s play equipment
  • Picnic shelters (2)
  • Open games field
  • Volleyball courts
  • Disc Golf
  • Mountain Bike Race

[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_column_text]Essential Information

  • Park hours (posted at park)
  • Entrance fee: $1.00 county resident, $3.00 non-county resident
  • Park Open: year-round
  • Helmet required for all cycling
  • Bicycle trails are now open for the season
  • BIKE TRAIL MAP
  • PARK TRAIL MAP
  • DISC GOLF COURSE MAP

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  • 15 rustic campsites, each with fire ring and table
  • Cabin (sleeps 4-6)
  • Picnic shelter with tables
  • Fresh well water
  • Fire bowl
  • Reservations required
  • Modern restrooms
  • Electricity at each shelter
  • Large parking area
  • Security lighting
  • Fresh well water
  • Fireplace
  • Public phone

[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text][/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]Location: Dr. T.K. Lawless Park, 15122 Monkey Run Street, Vandalia, MI 49095 – Directions


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Fred Russ Forest Park

Located eight miles east of Dowagiac within the 580 acre Fred Russ research forest you will find the Fred Russ Forest Park. This 13 acre park with its rich history and natural beauty is one of the most visited parks in Cass County. Dowagiac Creek is a designated trout stream (second- quality, coldwater) that flows through Russ Forest, which is owned by Michigan State University. This first-order stream originates in a chain of lakes near Marcellus and flows in a southwesterly direction to its confluence with the Dowagiac River. There is no state-owned land along the creek, but anglers currently have no problems obtaining landowner permission to fish most of the creek. The creek has many faithful anglers, some who have been fishing there for decades. It is very good dry fly water, being sufficiently wide to permit fly casting by the novice. This feature is rare in many southern Michigan trout streams. Anglers do quite well, catching trout from 5-24 inches. Many limit catches are reported. Historically, Dowagiac Creek has been managed for trout since at least 1933. Brown, brook, and rainbow trout have all been planted; however, only browns have been stocked since 1964.

People also come to hike, ride the trails on horseback, canoe, kayak and picnic. (See details below.)[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_column_text]For Fun & Recreation

  • Picnicking
  • Children’s play equipment
  • Picnic shelters (3)
  • Fishing (class A trout stream)
  • Horseshoe Pits
  • Hiking trails (4 mi.)
  • Canoe landing
  • Cross-country skiing (4 mi.)
  • Equestrian trails (4 + mi.)

[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_column_text]For your comfort

  • Electricity at each shelter
  • Security lighting
  • Rustic restrooms
  • Fresh well water

Essential Information

  • Park hours sunrise – sunset
  • Entrance fee: donations appreciated
  • Park Open: year-round

[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_column_text]Reservations

  • Monday-Friday 8am-4pm
  • Weekend Group Reservations Recommended
  • Call (269) 445-4456

[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Location: Fred Russ Forest Park, 20379 Marcellus Highway, Decatur, MI 49045 – Directions


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Arthur Dodd Memorial Park

This 51 acre park is located five miles northeast of Niles, near Sumnerville, Arthur Dodd Memorial Park is near the county line. The Dowagiac River flows through Dodd Memorial Park and has been a destination spot for water enthusiasts, but has much more to offer as shown below:[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_column_text]For Fun & Recreation

  • Picnicking
  • Play equipment (2)
  • Picnic shelters (3)
  • Fishing (class A trout stream)
  • Horseshoe pits (2)
  • Hiking trail (1 mile)
  • Volleyball court
  • Open games area
  • Canoe landing

[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_column_text]For Your Comfort

  • Electricity at each shelter
  • Security lighting
  • Rustic restrooms
  • Fresh well water

Essential Infomation

  • Park hours (sunrise – sunset)
  • Entrance fee: Donations appreciated
  • Park open year-round
  • Limited parking

[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_column_text]For Reservations

  • Call (269) 445-4456 (County Parks Office)
  • Monday – Friday, 8am – 4pm
  • Weekend group reservations recommended[list]

[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Location: Arthur Dodd Memorial Park, 61437 Creek Road, Niles, MI 49120 – Directions


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Harmon Park West/East

Harmon Park West provides boat launch access to Shavehead Lake and is located on West Peninsula Drive just 0.1 miles south of Water Cress Way, on Shavehead peninsula. Harmon Park East provides swimming access to Shavehead Lake. Both have limited parking.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_column_text]For Fun & Recreation

  • Picnic area
  • Swimming area

[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_column_text]For Your Comfort

  • Fresh well water

[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_column_text]Essential Information

  • Park hours: sunrise – sunset
  • Park open: May – September

[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Location: Harmon Park East/West – Directions
(West off West Peninsula Drive, .1 mile south of Water Cress Way, on Shavehead peninsula)

Henry Sears Park/Boat Launch

The Henry Sears Boat Launch is maintained by the Cass County Parks Department and is located at the intersection of Birch Road and Lake Shore Drive at foot of the hill, on south side of Birch Lake. This park offers boating access to Birch Lake with limited parking.

Location: Henry Sears Park/Boat Launch, Birch Lake Shore Dr., Birch Lake, Vandalia, MI 49095 – Directions


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Stevens Lakeside Memorial Park

Stevens Lakeside Memorial Park is a small two acre swimming park on the north side of Little Fish Lake. It is found by driving south off Stevens Forest Lake Road and turning down to north side of Little Fish Lake approximately 0.2 miles west of Lawrence Road.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_column_text]For Fun & Recreation

  • Picnic area
  • Swimming area
  • Open game field

[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_column_text]For Your Comfort

  • Small picnic shelter
  • Rustic bathrooms
  • Fresh well water

[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_column_text]Essential Information

  • Park hours: Sunrise – Sunset
  • Park open: May – September
  • Limited parking

[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Location: Stevens Memorial Park, Marcellus, MI 49067 – Directions
(Google Map directions are not correct. Stevens park is actually located on Stevens forest lake street, one half mile west of lawrence road. Map will take you to general area.)[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]