Welcome to the "New" Michigan American Legion Wilwin at Cygnet Cove!

Let's welcome our soldiers home



All eligible veterans may download and complete an application by clicking here or contact Earl by phone 231-881-0844  or email Eruttkofsky9771@aol.com.

Wilwin at Cygnet Cove sits on 1183 acres of land in a peaceful area approximately 4 miles south of the peaceful community of Custer, Mason County, Michigan. Continuing our mission as a veterans facility, Wilwin at Cygnet Cove is a place for hope and healing; recovery and renewal; education and inspiration; sharing and support.

The main house is currently used as our handicapped veteran's residence that can house 8 - 12 people. It is a four bedroom, wheel chair accessible building with a wrap-around porch on the south and west sides of the building; the south side overlooking the lake. The care-taker’s house is set up for year around care-taking, something not offered at our former facility in the U.P. The care-takers house has an attached workshop and large garage. In addition, Cygnet Cove has a 67 acre private lake (Lake Woodruff), with boat house and dock. Recreational programs now include swimming, canoeing, boating or fishing the lake on a pontoon boat, or relaxing near the lake. The facility is also within a few miles of the Pere Marquette River, a well know river for trout fishing and kayaking. Additional facilities on the property include a two-car garage (to be converted into a totally handicapped apartment. Above the garage is a full apartment that can house 4 people.

There are well over 15 miles of recreational trails for hiking, 4-wheeling, and bicycling. The back acreage of the lake is home to migrating birds. There is a walkway to a lookout site within the marsh. The marsh is also the headwaters to the Pentwater River. There is also acreage that will remain a milkweed preserve that is home to thousands of migrating Monarch butterflies each fall. Believe it or not, there is more wildlife activity at Cygnet Cove than at our old facility in the U.P.

Deep sea fishing on Lake Michigan is available at Ludington located approximately 15 miles to the East.

Cabins for our PTSD and TBI veterans and a central dining area and laundry facility are scheduled to be built at a remote location on the property during the fall of 2016.

Please check out this video to hear how the wonderful facility we had in the U.P. affected so many veterans and how you can help us do even more.



Latest News


The Board of Directors at its annual meeting reinstated all officers for the 2016/17 fiscal year.  The officers include American Legion members Steve Striggow, Corporate Chairman, Garrett Veihl, Vice Chairman, Bill Hafeman, Finance Chairman, and Dan Crisp, Secretary.  Other representatives on the board include John Kinzinger, American Legion, Marilee Walter, Auxiliary, and Harley “Butch Maxwell, Sons of the American Legion and Earl Ruttkofsky, Legion Riders.  Department Commander Larry Money, Adjutant Ron Runyon, and Department Finance Officer Roger Avie represent the Department as non-voting consultants.


Wilwin at Cygnet Cove is located at 3383 E. Hawley Road, Custer, MI 49405, approximately 15 miles southeast of Ludington in Mason County. The property consists of 1183 acres which includes a private lake.


The Board recently approved a $25200 contract for an ADA suite on the lower level of the two story building (garage/apartment); a $7500 contract for a new metal roof over the two story building; and a $6000 contract for a laundry room to be located on the lower level, next to the ADA suite.  Hepworth Land Surveying, LLC has completed the drawings for a proposed veteran’s village on the East side of the Lake to include rustic cabins and a dining hall facility.  The proposed village now needs the approval of the township and county.


A special thanks to Graymont Mining Company for donating a Pontoon Boat and Trailer, Pontoon Boat Hoist, a Pontoon Boat Trailer and John Deere 5400 4x4 Tractor and Brush Hog.  You guys are great!


Anyone who would like to volunteer to help move to the new location or who would like to stay at the new location this spring, summer or fall, please contact Earl or Beverly Ruttkofsky at 231-229-5030 or 231-881-0844.


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