Mitchell State Park

Mitchell State Park

Mitchell State Park of Wexford County, Michigan

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Trail Distance:

2.25 miles long with 2 loops 1.75 and 2 miles long.


Park is located 3 miles N. on M-115 from US 131.

Trail List:

Trail Description:

6093 E. M-115
Cadillac, MI 49601
Phone Number: (231) 775-7911
TTY/TDD711 (Michigan Relay Center)
Motor Vehicle Permit Required: Yes
Approximate Size: 334 (Acres)
Make a Reservation at this Park

Cross Country Ski trail is not groomed.

William Mitchell State Park is a popular camping, fishing and boating destination. The 334-acre park is situated between Lake Mitchell and Lake Cadillac and provides an excellent opportunity to view a variety of wildlife on the outskirts of Cadillac. The park was officially dedicated in 1919. A historic canal connects the two lakes and runs directly through the park.

There are several local festivals that are held throughout different times of year. There is a Snowmobile Festival, Art Festival, Northern District Fair, and a Free Fishing Weekend. Also, large parcels of U.S. Forest Service and State Forest lands that allow seasonal hunting are located close to the park.

Please check the DNR Calendar for upcoming events at this location and at all state parks and recreation areas.


  • Visitor Center - Exhibits, interactive displays, multi-image slide shows and other nature programs to orient visitors to Michigan's unique cultural and natural features. Feature is ADA Compliant. Carl T. Johnson Hunting and Fishing Center It 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.
  • Designated Watchable Wildlife Site - The Wildlife Viewing Guide is now on line at
  • Playground - These play areas offer a variety of playground equipment for children. Play equipment is located in the campground and in the day-use areas of the park.
  • Beach House - Provides clothes-changing area for swimmers.
  • Swimming - Lake Mitchell Beach Information. Sandy beaches are available in the campground and in the day-use areas.
  • 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.
  • Picnic Area - Picnic tables and fire pits/grills The day-use area, located on Lake Mitchell, has a sandy beach, a boat launch and playground equipment.
  • Picnic Shelter(s) - For reservations contact the park.
  • Hiking - The Heritage Nature Trail starts at the Carl T. Johnson Hunting and Fishing Center and is about 2.5 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.
  • Boating Access Site/Launch - Access for boating and fishing. There are boat launch facilities on Lake Cadillac and Lake Mitchell which allow easy access to water sports and fishing activity.
  • Cross Country Ski - Trails are groomed.
  • Metal Detecting Areas - Metal detecting is recognized as a legitimate recreation activity when it is conducted in ways that do not damage the natural and cultural resources in Michigan State Parks nor violate applicable state statutes. If you wish to use a metal detector in this state park, here is a map that shows clearly where this activity may take place. Any items found must be reviewed by park staff and may be retained for further investigation.

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Map of Mitchell State Park

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