Activities and Amenities
WARNING, ROADS CLOSED FOR SUMMER: A major road construction project is taking place this summer in the Sylvania perimeter area. Closing the roads to public use is necessary for public safety and will also facilitate the completion of construction activities so that the period of closure can be kept to a minimum. The Road System to Crooked Lake boat landing, Clark Lake boat landing, and the Clark Lake Campground and Day-Use Area will be under construction throughout the entire summer camping season. The road to Clark Lake will be closed until further notice. The road to Crooked Lake will be open until through July 4th weekend, then may be closed for the summer. No vehicles will be allowed beyond the Sylvania Entrance Station once the Crooked Lake Rd. is closed. The Clark Lake Campground and Clark Lake Day-Use Building will be closed for the season. No parking will be available at Crooked Lake or Clark Lake boat landings when the roads are closed. Parking is available at several trailheads in the Sylvania Perimeter Area. Please be aware that parking areas are limited and you may have to change your access points to Sylvania Backcountry campsites. Hiking or portage distances to your desired campsite may increase due to parking availability. For current road closure status, please call the Sylvania Entrance Station 906-358-4404 (open May 15th)or the Ottawa Visitor Center 906-358-4724. The Sylvania Entrance Station will be OPEN for the season and your backcountry camping permits will be available there. The $5 daily or $20 annual fee will remain in effect while the Crooked Lake Road is open and vehicles are allowed to travel beyond the Entrance Station. We apologize for the inconvenience. For more information and alternate access to your campsites please click here
SYLVANIA WILDERNESS BCTRY CAMP, MI
part ofOttawa National Forest, US Forest Service
Status: Open through Wed Dec 31 2014 Season Dates
OverviewThe Sylvania Wilderness encompasses 18,327 acres of primitive lands and is part of the National Wilderness Preservation System. Visitors can camp in 50 designated campsites within the Sylvania Wilderness. Visitors enjoy endless canoeing, fishing, hiking and wildlife viewing opportunities.
The old-growth forests and pristine lakes in the region provide habitat for a wide range of animal and plant life, including rare orchids, bald eagles, loons and osprey. The wilderness contains 34 named lakes, some with sandy beaches and others surrounded by record-size red and white pines.
Sylvania's abundant lakes provide plentiful non-motorized boating, canoeing, kayaking and fishing opportunities. Other popular activities include hiking and viewing wildlife.
Sylvania Wilderness Backcountry Camp is not a physical campground located at one location. The 50 individual sites are located along eight lakes within the Sylvania Wilderness. Camping is allowed only at designated sites.
Activities and Amenities
Know Before You Go
Getting There:GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
Wilderness campsites can be accessed from Sylvania Recreation Area or from entry points on the perimeter of the wilderness (see map).
To reach Sylvania Entrance Station and Recreation Area: From Watersmeet, travel approximately 4 miles west on U.S. 2 to County Road 535, then drive south on CR 535 approximately 4 miles south to the Sylvania Recreation Area.
Mailing Address:SYLVANIA WILDERNESS BCTRY CAMP
RANGER DST E24036 OLD U.S 2
WATERSMEET MI 49969
Phone Number:Information: (906)358-4724
The events listed here are not intended to be an all inclusive list. Please contact the park for further details.