The Sylvania Wilderness Area is located near Watersmeet in the Upper Peninsula (UP) of Michigan. It is often described as a “mini Boundary Waters Canoe Area”. No pets allowed. Bears, skunks, raccoons and chipmunks are frequently seen in the Area, and we will need store food and toiletries away from camp, on a line, up the trees. If you keep it in your tent, they come in and get it. (No one is there to hear you scream.)
Weather at that time of year in the UP is “iffy”, influenced by the cold waters of Lakes Superior and Michigan. It could consist cold nights and cool days, or cool nights and warm days. We could have rainy weather.
Driving time will be 6 hrs. + any stops made along the way. Sunday we’ll travel up, and paddle to the first site on Clark Lake. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday we’ll fish and paddle/portage to the next camp sites. Friday we’ll paddle out and drive back home.
No more than six people are allowed at campsites. Without exception, everything carried in must be carried out. Non-burnable disposable food and beverage containers including cans, bottles, and Styrofoam are not allowed. Permitted containers include containers of fuel, insect repellent, medicines, personal toiletries and reusable plastic containers.
You will need to supply your own camping gear. I have water filtration gear. You’ll need to limit your gear/food wt. to 35-40 lbs. There are no Sherpa’s to carry your stuff. You’ll need to carry your own gear in your canoe/kayak, and carry them on the portages (carrying on trails) between lakes. There will be several short (3/4 mile or less) portages of canoes/kayak and equipment between lakes. We’ll talk about how we want to do meals (group or individual).
Here you will find 34 lakes - some with sandy beaches, and surrounded by record-sized red and white pines. Combined with the adjacent Recreation Area, this 18,327 acre wilderness with its old growth forest and pristine lakes provides habitat for a wide range of threatened or endangered plants and animals, and offers an outstanding experience for those who want to canoe, camp and fish, in the solitude of the UP wilderness.
Canoe rental is available in nearby Watersmeet at Sylvania Outfitters. I have my own 1 man canoe, the others will need to bring or arrange for your own. I don’t recommend old aluminum canoes.
Powered motors of any kind are not permitted on any of the lakes we will be traveling on within the Wilderness. Hook and line fishing only. Only artificial lures with barbless hooks may be used for fishing. “Artificial lure” means any lure that is man-made, in imitation or as a substitute for natural bait, used to attract fish for the purpose of taking them, and includes artificial flies. Live bait, dead or preserved bait, organic or processed food or scented material may not be used or possessed at any time on the waters or shore of Sylvania lakes. Daily possession limits for Northern pike, walleye, lake trout, is not more than 1 fish/person of any of these species, not less than 30 inches in length. All largemouth or smallmouth bass of any size must be returned immediately to the water without injury. All other species is 10 singly or in any combination with no size limit unless otherwise regulated.