Boating

Lakes Cadillac and Mitchell in Cadillac, and Lake Missaukee east of Cadillac, offer over 3,500 acres of prime water sports opportunities. Cadillac and Mitchell, the two largest lakes of Cadillac, are connected by a canal built during the long and interesting northern Michigan logging era. The canal was originally built so lumbermen could float timber from the shores of Lake Mitchell to waiting sawmills on Lake Cadillac. Today the canal serves as a convenient link between two of Michigan’s most popular lakes for boating.

Boaters, paddlers and fishermen all start itching to get on the water at the first hints of spring. Those fresh fragrances, sights and sounds are a siren’s song to the adventurous as well as for those who seek that special peace found only on the water. So get your boat on its trailer, load up the canoes and kayaks, stow your gear and c’mon over to Cadillac!

Summer 2020 Family Bucket List – Cadillac, Michigan

Take a Day to go Hiking – from wide trails to forest trekking, there are several trails in the area to take the whole family. Always ensure you pack water, possibly a few snacks and bug spray.  Most trails only have bathrooms at the trailhead.   Make sure you have a...

The Superbowl of Deer Season

(Mike Porter, Tim Porter, Levi Rowan, Lynn Frankenberger, and Jon Porter take a break from hunting for a picture and some lunch) November 15, a day for many Michiganders filled with incredible excitement. The opening day of deer rifle season is one of the best days of...

Hooking Into The Fall Steelhead Run

(Parker McNitt fighting a steelhead on a center pin rod) The Manistee River, located west of Cadillac, is the mecca of steelhead fishing. Steelhead, a migratory rainbow trout, are one of the most sought-after fish in the world. Every year, thousands of these fish...

Waterfowl Hunting Tips

Cadillac, Michigan has the luxury of being located in the middle of the Mississippi Flyway. This means that many ducks and geese will migrate through the area on their way south. The Cadillac area also has the good fortune of having many lakes, ponds, and marshes for...

Waldeck Island Nature Preserve

Waldeck Island Nature Preserve is an 11-acre nature preserve located on Stone Ledge Lake. On the preserve is a 1.2-mile looped trail through the serene forests and around the bio-diverse swamp. Walking the trail, exploring the shoreline, and visiting the viewing...

Clam River Greenway

The Clam River Greenway is a 1.6 mile paved trail that takes visitors from the CASA soccer fields to a couple Lake Cadillac trails. The trail is 10 feet wide and covers multiple boardwalks, bridges, and snakes with the Clam River through its entirety. "Walking and...

Cadillac Heritage Trail

Cadillac Heritage Trail is a 3.5-mile nature trail managed by Mitchell State Park. It can be accessed from the Carl T. Johnson Hunting and Fishing Center.  The benefits of hiking are well documented, showing that seniors who hike regularly experience: Improved...

Cadillac Pathway

The Cadillac Pathway is an 11.3-mile pathway with six loops on the pathways. The Cadillac Pathway is a multi-use, non-motorized recreation trail open for users year-round. The Pathway is on State-owned lands managed by the Department of Natural Resources (DNR). The...

Keith McKellop Walkway

Lake Cadillac's Eastern Shoreline Park The Keith McKellop Walkway is a 1.5-mile concrete trail that boasts gorgeous views of Lake Cadillac. The east shoreline walkway is four feet wide and consists of concrete. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA),...

Woods & Water Fishing

The warm low waters seen as the summer drags on create an increased density of trout in the deep pools. Targeting these deep holes after rapids and gravel often create the most opportunities to hook into a quality trout. Time of day is also an important factor. The...

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