The parks of Cass County Michigan are one of the little-known natural wonders of southwestern Lower Michigan, and each offers its own unique experiences. 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.

AURTHUR DODD MEMORIAL PARK

Located 5 miles northeast of Niles, near Sumnerville and the county line, this 51-acre park is a destination for water sports enthusiasts, nature lovers,   hikers, and campers! The Dowagiac River flows through the park.

DR. T.K. LAWLESS PARK

This 820-acre nature park is open year-round and boasts a broad range of recreational activities for every season of the year including cabins for camping. Dr. T.K. Lawless Park is located at 15122 Monkey Run Street in Vandalia.

FRED RUSS FOREST PARK

Eight miles east of Dowagiac within the 580 acres of Fred Russ research forest is the Fred Russ Forest Park. This 13-acre park with its rich history and natural beauty is one of Cass County’s most visited parks and includes a designated trout stream.

HARMON PARK WEST/EAST

Harmon Park West provides boat launch access to Shavehead Lake and is located on West Peninsula Drive just 0.10 miles south of Water Cress Way, on Shavehead peninsula. Harmon Park East provides swimming access to Shavehead Lake. Both have limited parking.

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.

STEVENS LAKESIDE MEMORIAL PARK

Eva Stevens Lakeside Memorial Park is a small two-acre swimming park on the north side of Little Fish Lake. It’s found by driving south off Stevens Forest Lake Road and turning to the north side of Little Fish Lake approximately 0.2 miles west of Lawrence Road.