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Tent Sites
Fires Allowed
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About Sylvania Wilderness Backcountry Camping
The 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. Natural Features: 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. The Ottawa National Forest is comprised of nearly 1 million acres and is located in the western reaches of Michigans Upper Peninsula. The forests rolling, forest covered hills extend from the south shore of Lake Superior to the Wisconsin border. Lakes, rivers and waterfalls are found throughout this beautiful landscape. Recreation: Sylvanias abundant lakes provide plentiful non-motorized boating, canoeing, kayaking and fishing opportunities. Other popular activities include hiking and viewing wildlife. Facilities: 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. Campsites are primitive, but each is equipped with a campfire ring and a wilderness latrine. Click here for a description of each campsite. ACTIVITIES Boating Interpretive Programs: Educational Programs Fishing Hiking Hunting Winter Sports: Cross Country Skiing Swimming Site
Drive In, Hike In, Boat In
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Fires Allowed
Phone Service
Sylvania Wilderness Backcountry Camping is located in Michigan
46.245 N
-89.311 W
Get Directions
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.
2 Reviews of Sylvania Wilderness Backcountry Camping
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 peaceful and we didn't see any other people except when we were on the lake canoeing.

First to Review
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.