Explore the two lakes right in the heart of Cadillac and the hot spots for fall along the way! 

Current Color Update Along The Route


We Are Now Past Peak Color!

Updated: October 29, 2023

We enjoyed an extended fall color season this year, with different parts of the Cadillac area peaking at different times! The past week has brought us cooler temperatures, rain and wind.

Now we are officially past the peak color season but are looking forward to the snow forecasted to come!

The Cadillac Lakes Route takes you on an 18-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.

Interactive Route Map

Select the points below to learn more and explore the 18 miles of roads that circle these two inland lakes in the heart of Cadillac.

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Explore over 200 miles of roads and spectacular scenic overlooks on our fall color tour around Cadillac.

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