ALL WAYS

EXPLORING IN WINTER

While snowmobiling, downhill skiing, snowboarding, and river & ice fishing are Cadillac’s best known recreational winter pursuits, winter enthusiasts have an abundance of choices to experience the season. Cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, hunting, fat tire biking, and camping adventures in this area rival any in the country.

Finding something to do in the cold weather months is EASY in Cadillac.  With a regional snowmobile trail network topping out at nearly 500 miles through 5 counties, our winter sports trail network is second to none in the lower peninsula of Michigan.

Add up our 500,000 acres of National Forest with nearly 100 miles of backcountry trails for Fat Tire biking, cross country skiing, and snowshoeing along with three inland lakes with ice fishing opportunities at every turn, you have an incredible winter opportunity in the heart of Michigan.

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The Science of Snowmaking

Get an overview of snowmaking operations at Caberfae Peaks with their snowmaking expert, Tim Meyer.

Winter Fun at the Carl T. Johnson Hunting and Fishing Center Center

Winter hikes, ice fishing classes and more!The Carl T. Johnson Hunting and Fishing Center, at the popular Mitchell State Park, offers a range of programs for all ages. Visitors are greeted by a 500 gallon aquarium showcasing the fish of Lake Mitchell and Lake...

Horizontal Glide – XC Skiing in Cadillac

Cross County Skiing in Cadillac While Caberfae Peaks offers plenty of thrills for alpine skiers, cross-country skiers can delight in a trio of free, groomed, public trail systems in the Cadillac area. Nearest to Caberfae Peaks is the 10 mile-long McKenzie Trail. Local...

Winter Hiking The Manistee River Trail

For years, I've been winter backpacking all over the county from Utah to Maine! But the scenic trails we have right here at home are some of the best I've ever had the pleasure of exploring. My most recent winter hike with friends is a tradition that we try to plan...

Cadillac Plays Host To The Midwest Snow Kite Jam

UPDATE: Snow Kite Jam returns to Lake Cadillac - February 3rd - 5th, 2023! Up until this winter I had no idea that snow kiting was a sport available in our area, that all changed when I was driving around Lake Cadillac and caught sight of big kite attached to a person...

QUICK STATS

MILES OF GROOMED SNOWMOBILE TRAILS

DOWNHILL SKI RUNS

MILES OF XC & SNOWSHOE TRAILS

SKIING & SNOWBOARDING AT CABERFAE

Grab Your Gear. Select a Slope. Hop on a Lift.

SNOWMOBILING IN CADILLAC

Gear Up. Explore. Hit the Trails. 

CROSS COUNTRY SKIING IN CADILLAC

Select a trailhead.  Strap on Your Skis. Off You Go.

ICE FISHING IN CADILLAC

Head to the Ice. Drill a Hole. Drop a Line.

WINTER PADDLING IN CADILLAC

The same rivers that are popular spots to drop in an oar  in the warmer months offer a new paddling experience when the snow flies. The Big Manistee River and Pine River are two rivers within an hour of each other and access points can be found within 30 minutes of downtown Cadillac.  First time? Check out Pine River Paddlesports Center where they offer GUIDED winter rafting trips down the Pine River!

open water in winter
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