Mitchell State Park

6093 E. M-115
Cadillac, MI 49601


Mitchell State Park is a popular camping, fishing and boating destination. The park is situated between Lake Mitchell and Lake Cadillac and provides an excellent opportunity to view a variety of wildlife. A historic canal connects the two lakes and runs directly through the park.


Boat Rental: Boat rentals are provided by Friends of Mitchell State Park. All proceeds go to the friends group for projects and programs to benefit Mitchell State Park. Kayaks and stand-up paddleboards are available for rent and use on Cadillac and Mitchell Lakes. Hours vary by season. Call Mitchell State Park for more details, 231-775-7911.

Cross Country Ski: Trails are groomed.

Fishing: Lakes Mitchell and Cadillac are noted as fine walleye fisheries. The 1,150-acre Lake Cadillac is an extremely popular attraction and anglers can expect good catches of perch, walleye, panfish and bass. The quarter-mile canal that connects the two lakes is a popular place for children to shore fish in the park and in the evening, many fish for bullheads.

Hiking: The Heritage Nature Trail starts at the Carl T. Johnson Hunting and Fishing Center and is about two and a half miles in length. The trail is actually a study area that supports a variety of plants and wildlife, including whitetail deer, wild turkeys, beavers, great blue heron and other species of waterfowl. The trail is mostly a woodchip path with bridges and boardwalks for an easy hike around the wetland areas.




Swimming: Sandy beaches are available in the campground and in the day-use areas.

Watchable Wildlife

Winter Camping



Beach House

Boat Launch: There are boat launch facilities on Lake Cadillac and Lake Mitchell which allow easy access to water sports and fishing activity. New universally accessible kayak and canoe launch installed on Lake Cadillac.

Picnic Area: The day-use area, located on Lake Mitchell, has a sandy beach, a boat launch and playground equipment.

Playground: Play equipment is located in the campground and in the day-use areas of the park.

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