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Introducing SWMMBA — the Southwest Michigan Mountain Biking Association

The Southwest Michigan Mountain Biking Association is a nonprofit mountain bike group that has been working at Fort Custer Recreational Area for 20 years. SWMMBA was founded in the spring of 1993 as a chapter of the Michigan Mountain Bike Association (MMBA) to develop trails and encourage mountain biking in Southwest Lower Michigan. As an organization, SWMMBA focuses on promoting proper trail development and maintenance, stewardship, advocacy, racing, group rides, and general mountain biking.Our group has volunteered thousands of trail maintenance hours and worked very hard to make the Fort Custer trail system what it is today. The trail system is rated in the top 50 of destinations for mountain biking in the United States.


Attention Everyone - MSTAC/DNR Suervey


This is our opportunity to let our voices be heard! Please read the following information and fill out the survey.


The Michigan Snowmobile and Trail Advisory Committee (MSTAC) and the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) are committed to better understanding trail user interests, needs and concerns. The MSTAC and the DNR are developing a plan for a statewide trail network that will address snowmobile, ORV, hiking, biking, paddling, and equestrian needs. The plan moves the state toward the goal of becoming known as “The Trail State”. The plan will identify priorities for improving the system and constraints for implementing those priorities. It will also serve as a marketing piece showcasing Michigan’s incredible trail network and the opportunities expanding this network presents to Michigan’s quality of life and economic prosperity. As we plan for the future of the state’s trail system, we need your help.


We would like to know your membership’s opinions about the state’s trail system, how you use the system, and ways the system could be improved. We ask that you electronically forward this entire note to your members or to other trail users. The link to the survey can be found at: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/7H2SCSJ. The completed survey will not be sent back through your organization, but will be available to the DNR for analysis. The DNR will not have access to who filled out the survey or their email address. We are asking that the survey be completed by August 31.


The information collected from this survey will be compiled, analyzed and provided to the MSTAC members and to the DNR trail planning team. The trail plan is required to be completed by the spring of 2013.The draft plan will be submitted to your organization for additional input.


This is the first step in improving communication with trail users. In the future, we will inform you about trail events, opening of new trails, and seek your opinion on a variety of subjects. If you are not the right person to receive these emails, or your organization is not interested in being on this list serve, please send the corrected information to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


The Southwest Michigan Mountain Biking Association is a nonprofit mountain bike group with a mission of building
bike facilities and constructing sustainable trails to inspire people to actively explore the outdoors by bicycle.
SWMMBA members have dedicated thousands of volunteer hours toward accomplishing this mission. SWMMBA
was founded in 1993 as a chapter of the Michigan Mountain Bike Association (MMBA) and currently operates as a
chapter of the International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA).

Next SWMMBA Meeting


Wednesday, October 19th

Time - 6:00 pm

Old Burdicks in Holiday Inn on 11th Street

Report Volunteer Hours


Report Volunteer Hours

It's very important to us for everyone to record their volunteer hours. Both trail work as well as administrative. So if you could please click this link and log your hours it would be greatly appreciated.

Report Your Hours

Adopt-A-Trail Handbook

Volunteer Release Form

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Become a MemberRegister to be a SWMMBA Member NOW.


Donations Donating money allows our group to do trail maintenence at the park.


Get Involved We have scheduled trail days, volunteer your time.
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