Camp Lucas/Fort Brady

The former Camp Lucas/Fort Brady Target Range is located approximately 27 miles west of Sault Sainte Marie, Michigan, in Chippewa County. The land is owned by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and is part of the Hiawatha National Forest.

From 1895 to 1944, the former Fort Brady Target Range was used for small arms training by troops stationed at Fort Brady. In 1951, the former Camp Lucas Target Range was reconstructed, and the south range was used to train troops in small arms, rifle grenade and anti-tank rockets. Training continued until 1962, when the Department of Army declared both former ranges as excess and returned control of the land back to the Department of Agriculture.

An area of the former Camp Lucas/Fort Brady Target Range, known as the Rifle Range/Rocket Range, was identified through historical research and site visits as having potential explosive hazards. The munitions known or suspected to have been used at the property include mortars, ground rockets, rifle grenades, smoke grenades, hand grenades, signal flares and small arms ammunition.

Major Milestones/Accomplishments

An Archives Search Report was completed in 1995 that located and reviewed all available records, to build a picture of what training occurred during the Army’s land use.

A site inspection was completed in 2007 to determine whether any munitions, metals or chemicals were released to the environment as a result of the training that occurred on the site.

Where are we now

Based on the recommendations in the 2007 site inspection, a contract was awarded in the summer of 2019 to complete a Remedial Investigation covering all aspects of the Army use of the property. The intent is to describe and locate any munitions and chemicals that are out there. The results will allow for a determination of which areas, if any, pose an unacceptable risk to human health or the environment, what can be done about those risks, and the level of effort needed to reduce or eliminate those risks.

3Rs of Explosives Safety Information

Throughout history, the United States’ ability to maintain a well-trained military force has required the use of military munitions in live-fire training and testing. This use may have resulted in the presence of unexploded ordnance, also known as UXO, and munitions debris in areas currently or formerly used for military training purposes. Military munitions, especially UXO, should be considered extremely hazardous because if touched, moved or disturbed they may explode causing death, serious injury or damage.

To protect yourself, your family, your friends and your community, it is important to follow the 3Rs of Explosives Safety should you know or suspect you have come across a military munition:

Click to view the Unexploded Ordnance Safety page of the DENIX Web site Recognize – when you may have come across a munition, and that munitions are dangerous.
Retreat – do not approach, touch, move, or disturb a suspect munition, but carefully leave the area.
Report – immediately what you saw and where you saw it to local law enforcement – call 911.

Important Safety Considerations

In addition to following the 3Rs of Explosives Safety, it is also important to keep the following in mind:

  • Munitions are not souvenirs or keepsakes. Even if a munition has been in your or a loved one’s possession for many years, it may pose an explosive hazard. Call 911 to request assistance. Even if handled repeatedly in the past, do not move or disturb it.
  • Take note of the area where you suspect you came across a munition after moving carefully away from it so that emergency responders know where to look for the item.
  • On public lands or at sea, avoid areas where munitions may be encountered and follow any posted warnings.
  • Do not use cell phones or other electronic devices near a suspect munition.

3Rs of Explosives Safety Information and Additional Resources

Additional information about the 3Rs of Explosives Safety is available from the Department of Defense’s 3Rs of Explosives Safety website.

The website provides information about military munitions including UXO. It also contains downloadable materials such as fact sheets, safety guides and coloring books that you can share with your children, family members, friends, tenants, employees and others who should know about explosives safety.


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