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Mitchell State Park supports a variety of plants and wildlife in addition to showcasing fishing and hunting.
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Mitchell State Park supports a variety of plants and wildlife in addition to showcasing fishing and hunting.
Description - The 334-acre Mitchell State Park was officially dedicated in 1919. A historic canal connects the two lakes and runs directly through the park. The Carl T. Johnson Hunting and Fishing Center showcases the history of hunting and fishing in Michigan.

Attractions - Located between Cadillac and Mitchell Lakes, William Mitchell State Park is a popular year-round destination. It offers a great camping atmosphere with 270 modern sites, many in shaded, wooded areas. The campground has a boat launch, and a playground for the campers' enjoyment. The park has one mini-cabin, which is located on Lake Cadillac within the confines of the campground. The cabin is designed to sleep four, with bunks and mattresses provided. The cabin has electricity, a fire ring, table with four chairs and a picnic table. The overnight facilities are available all year.

There are boat launch facilities on Lake Cadillac and Lake Mitchell that allow easy access to water sports and fishing activity. Both lakes are noted as fine walleye fisheries and are popular fishing areas during the summer. The 1,150-acre Lake Cadillac is an extremely popular attraction and anglers can expect good catches of perch, walleye, pan fish, 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 can do well landing bullheads.

The day use area is located on Lake Mitchell offering a sandy beach, picnic area, picnic shelter, and playground equipment.

The Carl T. Johnson Hunting and Fishing Center is located in the park and is a great attraction for visitors of all ages. The center is open year-round and has interpretive displays, seminars, audio-visual presentations and workshops for visitors to enjoy. A 2.5-mile nature trail enlightening visitors about the area's wildlife begins at the center.

Snowmobiling, ice fishing, snowshoeing, and cross-country skiing are all common winter recreational activities in the area.

There are several local festivals that are held throughout different times of year. There is a Snowmobile Festival, Art Festival, Car Show, Northern District Fair, and a Free Fishing Weekend.

Recreation - Swimming, fishing, boating, camping, cabin lodging, viewing exhibits, snowmobiling, ice fishing, snowshoeing, and cross-country skiing are all common recreational activities at the park.

Climate - Northern Michigan normally experiences mild summers with average temperatures around 70 degrees F (21 degrees C). Winter temperatures average 14 - 22 degrees F (-10 to -6 degrees C). Yearly rain and snowmelt in the region averages 28 - 36 inches but can be dramatically altered by the "lake effect," thus depositing significant amounts of snow within a short period of time causing hazardous road conditions.

Location - The park is on M-115 west of Cadillac near the intersection with M-55.

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Filed By: Diann Smith (Panola, IL)
Number of People Encountered: 50+ ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Neutral
Report: I went to the DNR website to fill out a survey, and these are the comments i typed. The reason that I put I did not feel safe was only because when I walked from my campsite(109) to the restrooms in the middle of the night, there was no lighting....I was kind of worried. At my campsite I had two dogs, so I wasn't concerned when we were at our campsite. The camp sites were SSOOOOOOOOO close together. We tent camp every summer, this is our second time in Michigan. I felt like our neighbors were part of our campsite. We camped at Interlochen last time, and I don't remember feeling so close. The other boaters on the lake do not have any boat "savy". They come very close, don't go around or slow down for those that are fishing. We were stopped and had the kids in the water for tubing, and before we started up we were throwing a ball for our dogs..and the boats seemed very close. I noticed this mostly on the Sunday that we were there. We camped there for 9 nights

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Contact Information:
William Mitchell State Park, 6093 East M-115 , Cadillac, MI, 49601, Phone: 231-775-7911, TTY: 517-335-4623

Additional Information:
Michigan Lakes and Rivers - Michigan is one of the most unique states in the nation boasting not only thousands of acres of interior natural lakes along with miles of waterways but also expansive shorelines that touch four of the five Great Lakes: Superior, Michigan, Huron, and Erie.
Michigan State Parks and Forests - Everything that makes Michigan special is embodied in the 96 State Parks. Boasting sterling recreation, Michigan State Parks and Forests invite you to enjoy one of their 14,000 campsites, 170 winter-sport areas and infinite rivers, streams, and lakes.
Northern Michigan - Flat agricultural and industrial lands of southern Michigan evolve into scenic rolling glacial hillsides covered with hardwoods and conifers and bisected by some of the state's largest waterways including the famed Au Sable and Thunder Bay rivers.

Michigan Department of Natural Resources - Official agency website.


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