Activities and Amenities
WARNING: ROAD WORK IN EARLY SUMMER: A major road construction project occurred during summer 2014. Final asphalt surfacing will take place in 2015 once load limits are lifted and weather permits, causing the road to Clark Lake, Clark Lake Campground, and the Clark Lake Day-Use area to be closed for a few days so the project can be completed. This will likely occur in early June. The roads will open as soon as this work is completed. The closure may happen on short notice, so please call for updates. The Clark Lake Campground will be OPEN for the season. The Clark Lake Day-Use Building is planned to be open the season, though the opening date is uncertain. The building is undergoing complete renovation with finishing touches needed before it can open for the 2015 summer season. For current road, campground, and day-use building status, please calls the Sylvania Entrance Station 906-358-4404 (open May 15th) or the Ottawa Visitor Center 906-358-4724.
SYLVANIA WILDERNESS BCTRY CAMP, MI
part ofOttawa National Forest, US Forest Service
Status: Closed through Thu May 14 2015 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.
Anticipated status for 2015 summer season, see details below:
Clark Lake Boat Landing- OPEN
Clark Lake Day-Use building- OPEN
Sylvania (Clark Lake Campground)- OPEN
Crooked Lake Road and Boat Landing- UNDER CONSTRUCTION, delays with possible closures.
The Sylvania Recreation Area underwent major road improvements in 2014 in the Clark Lake area. The roads, sidewalks, and parking areas were completely redone, including culvert replacement, draining improvement, and paving at the following locations: all of the roads around the Sylvania Entrance Station, the road to Clark Lake boat landing and day-use building, Clark Lake boat landing parking lot, day-use parking lot, and all of the campground loops and parking spurs. Winter weather early in the fall delayed completion, so the work was 95% complete in 2014. The final layer of asphalt must be laid, as well as some finishing work in the parking area by the Day-Use building. Dates for this work will not be determined until road weight restrictions are lifted in the late spring/early summer. This work may cause short-term temporary delays, but the roads will remain open during construction.
The Clark Lake Day Use Building was completely renovated and modernized, both inside and out. A completely new water system and septic system were installed, which include modern bathroom and shower facilities. Each bathroom has multiple private showers and changing areas (one accessible shower in each bathroom), electric hand dryers, baby changing stations, and new sinks and toilets! The exterior of the building had some siding replaced and repaired, a new asphalt shingle roof, and a new color scheme! Some work will need to be completed early in the 2015 summer season, but we do anticipate the building to open for much of the summer.
The Sylvania (Clark Lake) Campground will be open this season. Open season dates have not been set; we are currently working to select a new concessionaire to operate the campground under a special-use permit.
ROAD CONSTRUCTION on the ROAD TO CROOKED LAKE and the CROOKED LAKE BOAT LANDING Summer 2015- DELAYS and CLOSURES POSSIBLE. We anticipate receiving funds necessary to renovate the road to the Crooked Lake boat landing and the parking area at Crooked Lake. Closure is not certain at this time, as a contract has not been awarded, but please consider this information when making a camping reservation and planning your trip. We will notify the public of the schedule if/when a contract is awarded. Parking will be available on the Clark Lake side and all other trailheads into Sylvania Wilderness.
Please call our Visitor Center at (906) 358-4724 or the Sylvania Entrance Station (open May15) for current conditions.
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