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

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.

Current Color Update Along The Route


Thank You For Another Wonderful Fall Color Season - November 9th, 2021

Most of the trees in our area have passed or are now passing their peak color state. We have had unseasonably warm temperatures again the past several days and so there is a bit of color still hanging on in some places, if you can find it! Click here to see a late season round up video from in and around Cadillac on our Instagram page! If you are ready for the snow to fly, don't forget to subscribe to future seasonal updates as we wait for winter to arrive.


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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