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


The Fall Color Season Has Begun!

Updated: October 5, 2022

Conditions are varying quite a bit depending on where you look in our area but the smaller pockets of red and orange color are expanding within our forests and we are now halfway to the peak season! The Cadillac area is your perfect Northern Michigan destination for all things fall. Follow our routes in and around town for the full experience complete with spectacular views of fall color, shorelines to explore, hand crafted local flavors at restaurants and pubs, and plentiful farm stands featuring seasonal harvests. Don't forget to subscribe to future seasonal updates as the conditions continue to change. We will be updating the local color forecast regularly, so stay tuned!

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.

Also check out our regional color tour...

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

Access our regional fall color tour now!
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