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Carl T. Johnson Hunting and Fishing Center

Carl T. Johnson Hunting and Fishing Center

Carl T. Johnson Hunting and Fishing Center Video

Carl T. Johnson Hunting and Fishing Center

6087 E M-115, Cadillac, MI 49601
231-779-1321   Ed Shaw, Interpreter

Hours of operation:

Memorial Day - Labor Day: 10:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Labor Day - Memorial Day: Sat. and Sun. 10:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Closed on state holidays

Recreation Passport required for entry

The Carl T. Johnson Hunting and Fishing Center, at the popular Mitchell State Park in Cadillac, offers a range of programs for all ages. Visitors are greeted by a 500 gallon aquarium showcasing the fish of Lake Mitchell and Lake Cadillac. The fishing exhibit hall also has a 200 gallon aquarium featuring arctic grayling which are part of a reintroduction effort. The grounds includes both archery and pellet gun ranges and offers scheduled shooting programs throughout the summer. The center offers group tours and guided hikes which explore the 2.5-mile Heritage Nature Trail leading through the woodland and Heritage Marsh.

The center also has a classroom where hunting, fishing and other education classes are often held, with exhibit halls displaying Michigan's hunting, fishing and trapping heritage. There are also plenty of fishing opportunities within walking distance. You can purchase hunting and fishing licenses at the center, online or at Pilgrims Village across from the campground.

The hunt and fish center is also the home base of the DNR's Outdoors Skills Academy. These OSA clinics offer participants a deeper dive into hunting, fishing and other outdoor skills. 

Things you might see on your hike

Programs for Adults, Families and Classrooms

Outdoor Skills Academy

Hands-on clinics will build skills in hunting, fishing and more

Upcoming OSA Clinics

School Programs

Bring your students for a great field trip experience.

Field Trip Opportunities

Facility Rental

Meeting space is available for partner groups.

Rental details