All summer long in Michigan, boaters, paddlers and fishermen have an insatiable itch to hit the water. 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 make your way to Cadillac!
Read more on what you can experience when visiting this quaint Michigan destination, courtesy of the Cadillac Area Visitors Bureau.
Three Awesome Lakes
Lakes Cadillac and Mitchell in Cadillac, and Lake Missaukee east of Cadillac, offer thousands of acres of prime fishing and watersports opportunities. Lake Cadillac’s 1,130 acres also feature over 400 acres of prime fish-holding weed cover. Lake Mitchell is a roomy 2,580 acres, with 2,000 of those dominated by lush patches of aquatic cabbage weed. The lakes are connected by a canal and offer many access points. In adjacent Missaukee County, Lake Missaukee’s 1,880 acres vary in depth from five to 27 feet, and much of the center portion lake bottom is covered with a wide variety of native aquatic plants.
Three Awesome Rivers
Three prime rivers wind their way through or near the area and offer fishing and paddling experiences second to none, hosting paddlers and fishermen from around the world. The Big Manistee River, a National Scenic River, offers over 90 miles of access and varied difficulty levels, from beginner to expert paddling experiences.
In the Cadillac region it’s perfect for the casual paddler, and with its many switchbacks providing sandbars, it’s great for socializing and sunbathing. The Big Manistee is also a year-round haven for fly fishermen who chase its feisty Steelhead, varieties of salmon, trout and largemouth bass.
The Pine River lures anglers and paddlers with its designations as a Wild and Scenic River and as a Blue Ribbon Cold-Water Fishery. Its 7 percent river gradient in some sections offers the fastest average flow of any Lower Michigan river creating a challenging paddle. It requires watersports recreation passports for all watercraft and may be obtained at the US Forest Service Station, and rental thru local liveries.
About 20 miles southwest of Cadillac the Pere Marquette River flows in a westerly direction to its mouth at Pere Marquette Lake, just south of the city of Ludington. With Steelhead, salmon, browns and ‘brookies,’ it’s a popular haunt for fishermen, and paddlers return often because of its beautiful scenery.
Our lakes also offer memory making opportunities for fall color via vehicle, boat, or bicycle. Cadillac offers four designated Fall Color Scenic Routes, coupled with Countryside Train Rides, Craft Beer Festival and a Mountain Bike race making our area a hot spot for fall. The fall color season kicks off the last week of September through the end of October offering several species of color intense trees for several weeks of constant color change.
For more information visit www.cadillacmichigan.com for more information and a long and varied list of lodging opportunities from campgrounds to resorts, plus dining, shopping and a whole host of activities that will make your stay one to remember.
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