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Nature is calling you to come Explore Your Way… our rolling forest covered hills, ample rivers, diverse lakes, and varied trails all interconnect and span for miles and miles of fun.
The Cadillac region is the geographic center of Michigan and boasts the highest elevation in the state. The shifting winds across Lake Michigan keep the winter white on our trails and ski hills longer, and freezes our lakes earlier than most. Skiers, snowmobilers, cross-country skiers, ice fisherman… they all co-exist in our region.
When the winds shift to warm breezes, enjoy being surrounded by nature’s beauty as spring flowers and green grass emerge. Bikers take to the roads, the golf courses open, many a ‘bucket lists’ are checked off with the catch of a steelhead fish, and those succulent morel mushrooms pop in the forests and make their way to local restaurants in soups and specialty du jour.
Summers are full of shoreline trail walks, building sand castles, biking the trails and lots of shoreline water play. With perfect summer temps allowing a full day of golfing, boating or your recreation of choice, our playground is yours for the taking.
While the sunsets fall earlier and hang on the rim, the fall leaves begin to turn with vivid red and gold across the river valleys and forests. With over 500,000 acres of National Forest, our late September thru October Color tours are a must see, a non-resident ‘bucket list’ item for sure.
Our residents are charmingly friendly and polite, with just over 10,000 with in the City of Cadillac and roughly 30,000 plus in the greater area. We are a small city surrounded by small towns, gleaming with positive energy and a love of the great outdoors. Come join us for a day or more, and explore your way around our area.
Summer Time in Northern Michigan... Here is what you can expect:
Canoeing, Kayaking, Tubing & Rafting – you will be within minutes from thousands of acres of public forest boasting some of the Michigan’s best adventurous rivers. Canoe/kayak permits are issued every day on the Pine and Manistee Rivers, for both the novice and experienced. The Manistee River is a wide, shallow river with a sandy bottom that flows through mostly state land with numerous sand bars to stop on. The Pine River is a paddler’s paradise, it’s the more difficult of the two rivers. Experience nature sprinkled with excitement.
Boating – by lake or river, the Cadillac area offers boating experiences for relaxing, tubing, water skiing and fishing. Cadillac offers over 3700 acres of boating playground on Lakes Cadillac and Mitchell. Public boat launches and a city dock offer easy accessibility for boaters and shore fishing.
Fishing - The World Record Brown Trout was caught in the Manistee River, just 20 minutes West of Cadillac. Whether you are looking for a shore fishing adventure, guided experience, or tooling around our lakes in a boat, our local guides and tackle shops work closely with visitors to ensure the best year around fishing experience possible, novice to expert. Our lakes host Bass Tournaments & Fishing Derby’s throughout the year. Michigan DNR offers a Free Fishing weekend June 8-10 – Carl T. Johnson Hunting & Fishing Center, by the canal, offers fishing lessons during this weekend, and various related activities throughout the year.
Golfing – offering 10 local golf courses with amazing tee experiences that offer a variety of affordable fairways, greens and practice facilities. Our courses host a multitude of corporate to family golf outings.
Biking – for bikes of all styles - scenic motorcycle and road bicycle rides, rugged mountain biking trails and state ORV trails, we offer over 200 miles of trails and proven rides for 20, 30, 50+ mile trips
Hiking – surrounded by National and State forest, public parks & rolling hills, the Cadillac area offers a diverse hiking trail experience for young families and experience hikers.
- The Manistee River trail offers breathtaking scenery into river valleys and open waters.
- Pere Marquette Trail has a range of terrain with interpretive signage.
- The WhitePine Trail spanning from Grand Rapids to Cadillac offers a 200 mile vertical park and path.
Wine Tours – sit back and relax, casually take a wine tour on a bus or your own vehicle from any of our lodging facilities. Wine Tasting Tours are just 45 minutes away. There is transportation that will take a group to wine country in Grand Traverse County and back, stopping for food and other excursions along the way, or they can arrange for food and beverage for you. Take a day and experience Northern Michigan wine country
Winter is coming to an end, and the rivers and lakes will fill with melted snow, while the spring flowers pop up in our forests.
Outdoor enthusiasts, GET READY for an adventurous spring after all of this snow. All three area rivers (Manistee, Pine and Pere Marquette) will be swollen with water, waiting for your fishing, canoeing and kayaking adventures to start.
Lakes Cadillac and Mitchell are almost open, be very careful! We do recommend making sure you are fully prepared and check in at our local DNR to make sure the area you are planning to be in is safe - high water tables hide many unsafe items.Back to Top
Cadillac's Top 10 Reasons
300 miles of multi-seasonal trails for hikers, bikers & walkers
8 golf courses with 153 holes within 20 mile radius of Cadillac
90,000+ acres ‘Ultimate Recreation Connection’
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60+ miles of cross country ski and snow shoe trails
200+ miles of groomed snowmobile trails
34 Downhill Ski Runs with over 485 feet of vertical drop