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Sylvania Wilderness Backcountry Camping

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About This Campground

USDA Forest Service


Planning a trip to the Sylvania Wilderness? Click on "Show alert" at the top of the page and read the latest Alert regarding this facility.

The Sylvania Wilderness encompasses 18,327 acres of primitive lands and is part of the National Wilderness Preservation System. Visitors can…

Fee Info

  • Sylvania Wilderness Backcountry Permits are $15 per night. No pass discounts apply to backcountry camping permits, they are classified as a 'Special Recreation Permit.' Passports and Interagency Pass fee discounts do not apply to Special Recreation Permit sites per FSH 2309.13.
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  • Drive-In
    Park next to your site
  • Walk-In
    Park in a lot, walk to your site.
  • Hike-In
    Backcountry sites.
  • Boat-In
    Sites accessible by watercraft.

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Site Types

  • Tent Sites
  • Dispersed
  • Group


For Campers

  • Phone Service
  • Reservable
  • Toilets
  • Alcohol
  • Fires


3 Reviews of Sylvania Wilderness Backcountry Camping

Ratings Breakdown

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Jess R.
Reviewed Sep. 8, 2020

A long way to be so close

Let me start by saying that I was really looking forward to this trip. Kayaking 2 hours to get to a secluded campsite? Yes please! Problem was we ended up being 20 yards away from the next site... which was clearly visible through the clear old growth forest. Most sites in Sylvania are 2 sites very…

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Ann M.
Reviewed Aug. 9, 2018

Easy canoe camping for the beginner

Loved my first experience at canoe camping. We did it the easy way, loaded our canoe, crossed the lake to our campsite and set up camp. No portaging with our gear.

We rented our canoe and and a bear barrel from the Sylvania Outfitters, and they dropped the canoe off lakeside for us.

It was very…

Month of VisitAugust
Danielle A.
Reviewed Sep. 27, 2016

Lovely, covered backcountry sites

A lovely area with a good balance of open space and tree cover. Nearby Clark Lake is very pretty, good for swimming, and serves as the primary water source. The area is covered in soft pine duff but finding a truly flat spot free of any small mounds of moss or decayed nurse logs can be a challenge.


Sylvania Wilderness Backcountry Camping is located in Michigan


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 3.5 miles west on US 2 to County Road 535, then drive south on CR 535 approximately 4 miles to the Sylvania Wilderness and Recreation Area entrance.


46.24472266 N
89.31055518 W

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