Lakes Cadillac and Mitchell, both very different lakes in aquaculture, are connected by a canal. The canal was a slightly navigatable passage prior to the logging days by canoe, now over the years, it has been cleaned up and now boasts new seawalls on both sides with sidewalks and boat docking for the MDNR Mitchell State Park Camping Facility.
Freeze & Unthaw? Why?
When the temperatures begin to drop in late fall, early winter, our area gets an extra natural reminder that winter is on it's way - the Canal between Lakes Cadillac & Mitchell first freezes, and is frozen for a short period of time, then once the lakes become cold enough to freeze, they are all frozen for a really short period of time, then the canal opens back up for the rest of the winter. Ripley's Believe it or Not could not figure out why it happens. The locals say that it's because the lakes are so different in depth and shape that the water flowing between the lakes opens the canal back up... but scientists have not finalized this assessment.
It is one of the most photographed aspects of our community.
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