Explore the two lakes right in the heart of Cadillac and the businesses and attractions along the way.

Sights: Lake Cadillac | Lake Mitchell | Downtown Cadillac

The Cadillac Lakes Route takes you on a 20-mile trip around both of our lakes right in the heart of the greater Cadillac Area.  Beginning in the heart of Cadillac at the Cadillac Commons, you can drive along the southern shore of both Lake Cadillac and Lake Mitchell before turning north along the western edge of Lake Cadillac. The beautiful route will take you into the Manistee National Forest to the west and pop you back out into an area known as “Cadillac West” where you can stop at the Mitchell State Park, Carl T. Johnson Hunting and Fishing Center and the Heritage Nature Trail.  After a quick hike, continue along the north shore of Lake Cadillac and enjoy the Clam River Greenway and Keith McKellop Walkway before ending at the Cadillac Commons.

FALL COLOR UPDATE: We Are Now Passing Peak - October 21, 2020

Current over-all Leaf color saturation for our Region: 75-100%+
The Cadillac area, inland and towards the west, all have peaked and most trees are holding their leaves quite well. As they hold, they have become darker in color, while still looking more vibrant than past years. If you have not yet taken a color drive, this year is a MUST. All four routes in the area are in full color bloom, and shedding an amazing crunchy, wispy and fall fragrant bed on the forest floor. Most trails are wet, but not super muddy since the rains that have some, where short, while the cool evenings have kept them damp, so dress in layers and wear warm shoes.



Top Spots and Fall Color destinations you will want to check out along the Lakes Route!



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