Hemlock Campground and Boat Launch

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

Hemlock Campground

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.

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At a Glance

Current Conditions: Annual services at the site will resume for spring on May 7.
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: $18.00
  • Double Site: $25.00
Day Use (per vehicle):
  • Per Day: $6.00
  • Extra Vehicle: $7.00/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).
Visit the Passes and Permits section for more information on obtaining a special use permit.
Open Season: May 7 - September 6
Usage: Light
Best Season: May 8 to September 14
Restrictions: As a visitor to the National Forest, you are asked to follow certain rules designed to protect the Forest, natural resources and to provide for public safety of visitors. These rules are available to you on-line or at any office of the Huron-Manistee National Forests. Please take time to read and understand them. General Topic orders apply across the Forests. Applicable Orders -
  • Motorized Vehicle Use of Roads, Trails and Off-road Areas; R904-14-02
  • Occupancy and Use - Developed Recreation Areas, Dispersed Areas, Being Publicly Nude, Marine Prohibitions, Parking and Sanitation; R904-14-03
Closest Towns: Cadillac
Water: Drinking Water
Restroom: Vault
Operated By: American Land and Leisure - (801) 226-3564
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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

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Camping & Cabins

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Campground Camping

No. of SitesSingle: 19
Reservation InfoNo reservation needed.  All sites are first come, first served.
Sleeping ShelterNo

RV Camping

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


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Boat ramp Concrete
Parking 20 vehicle capacity - with trailers