Kalamazoo offers so much more than a memorable name. We effortlessly blend energy and innovation with friendliness and a humble attitude. Located in Southwest Michigan, about two hours from Chicago, Kalamazoo features a vibrant and progressive downtown that sets the stage for quality dining, eclectic shops and galleries, and live entertainment. Plus, you're never far from lakes and outdoor recreation, festivals, and world-class attractions. The Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has a public boat launch at Goguac Lake located at the junction of Highland Ave and Lucille Street. Additional boating access is available for canoes and kayaks at Bailey Park along the Battle Creek River and on the Kalamazoo River at the junction of Cass Street South and Service Street. Further access to the Kalamazoo River is available in Ceresco (outside of Battle Creek) and at Bridge Park. Other boating and fishing opportunities can be found at the State of Michigan's Fort Custer Recreation Area.