Hemlock Campground

Area Status: Closed
This area is Closed

Hemlock Entrance Sign

This campground is located on the west end of Lake Mitchell near Cadillac. The lake is 1,600 acres and nearly surrounded by residences. The west end of the lake is marshy and good for wildlife viewing. The lake is not good for swimming at this end, due to milfoil and other plants.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: This site is gated when closed.
Operational Hours: Open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week unless otherwise posted.
Area Amenities: Boat ramp,Parking
Fees Concessionaire Fee - Camping (per night):
  • Single Site: $16.00
  • Double Site: $25.00
Day Use (per vehicle):
  • Per Day: $5.00
  • Extra Vehicle: $6.00/vehicle
Permit Info: Special Use Permit -
  • No special use permit is required for individuals or small groups (74 people or less).
  • Permits are required for commercial, event or large groups (75 people or more).
Open Season: May 7 - Sept. 13
Usage: Light
Best Season: May 8 to September 14
Restrictions: Forest-wide Closures - Camping Camping in Developed Recreation Areas
  • Camping in a developed campground for a period longer than 14 consecutive days unless posted otherwise.
  • Entering or being in a developed recreation site or portion thereof when posted CLOSED.
  • Entering or remaining in a campground between 10 PM and 6 AM when posted - except for properly registered campers.
  • Using a developed campsite by more than eight (8) people on a single unit or by more than sixteen (16) people on a double site.
  • Parking or leaving a vehicle in violation of posted instructions, including the use of a handicap-parking site without a valid state permit properly displayed.
  • Parking a vehicle outside the parking space assigned to one's own camp unit or other designated parking area.
  • Occupying a developed campsite by parking more than one camper, trailer, or motor home (RV) on a single unit site. Parking more than two camping vehicles or camping trailers on a double unit site or exceeding limits to group sites unless otherwise posted.
  • Parking, possessing, or leaving more than two vehicles per single unit camp site or four vehicles per double unit sites, except bicycles, motorcycles, or ATV's on trailers, unless posted otherwise.
Being publicly nude Storing Watercraft
  • Storing, mooring, or leaving a boat or raft over 24 hours.
  • Parking in violation of posted instructions.
Closest Towns: Cadillac
Water: Drinking Water
Restroom: Vault
Operated By: American Land and Leisure - (801) 226-3564
Information Center: Cadillac/Manistee Ranger District 231-723-2211 r9_hmnf_website@fs.fed.us

General Information


From Cadillac -

  • Travel west on M-55 for 1.3 miles.
  • Turn right and travel north on S. Mitchell Lake Dr. for 1.4 miles.

General Notes:

Location - Caberfae Area, Lake Mitchell

Nearby Recreation Areas -

  • Briar Hills Semi-Primitive Nonmotorized Area
  • Caberfae Scenic Overlook
  • MacKenzie Cross-Country Ski and Mountain Bike Trail
  • Big "M" Cross-Country Ski and Mountain Bike Trail

County -  Wexford


Camping & Cabins

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Campground Camping

Recreation areas with activity Campground Camping:
Sleeping ShelterNo
Reservation InfoNo reservation needed.  All sites are first come, first served.
No. of SitesSingle: 19

RV Camping

Recreation areas with activity RV Camping:
Reservation InfoNo reservation needed.  All sites are first come, first served.
Pavement Type of ParkingAsphalt
Vehicle ClearenceLow/Medium
No. of SitesSingle: 19
Size Restrictions25 ft. or less


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Water Activities

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Boat ramp Concrete
Parking 20 vehicle capacity - with trailers