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Sylvania Wilderness Backpacking

  • Aug 9, 2013 · 3:00 PM
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This is a beginner level trip through the Sylvania Wilderness in the Ottawa national forest near Watersmeet MI.

Schedule:
4:30 P.M. Friday we'll meet at the Sylvania A-frame entrance center to watch a mandatory video on protecting the wilderness and get our permits and camp at Clark lake campground which is first come first served.

Saturday- We'll shuttle people over to the trailhead on National forest road 6320. We'll hike about 8 miles along pristine lakes and through one of the few old growth forests to escape the logging industry. We'll camp at sites Maple 1 & 2 which I've already reserved.

Sunday we'll hike about 6.5 miles out along Clark lake back to the campground and get the vehicles and head home. Clark lake has beaches and excellent swimming so don't forget your swimming suit.

A Route map is here: Sylvania map


Backpacking groups are limited to 10 people in the wilderness and 6 people per site. This is a wilderness and leave no trace area. You will need a way to hang your food or bear canister as well as bug spray and/or headnet.

Your $25 fee includes:

• 2 nights' meetup fees

• camping fees for both nights

• firewood for the first night at Clark Lake.


What is not included in the fee: $4 per car per night fee.

You will be responsible for personal equipment, food, water, and a $4 per car per night fee.

Sylvania Wilderness is located in Michigan, which can be a long drive for some. Please feel free (it's even encouraged!) to talk about carpooling.

Provided we have a clear sky, we should be in for a pretty good show from the perseid meteor showers. Earthsky.org describes them thusly:
August 10-13, 2013 before dawn, the Perseids


The Perseid meteor shower is perhaps the most beloved meteor shower of the year for the Northern Hemisphere. The shower builds gradually to a peak, often produces 50 to 100 meteors per hour in a dark sky at the peak, and, for us in the Northern Hemisphere, this shower comes when the weather is warm.

The Perseids tend to strengthen in number as late night deepens into midnight, and typically produce the most meteors in the wee hours before dawn. They radiate from a point in the constellation Perseus the Hero, but, as with all meteor shower radiant points, you don’t need to know Perseus to watch the shower; instead, the meteors appear in all parts of the sky. They are typically fast and bright meteors. They frequently leave persistent trains. Every year, you can look for the Perseids around August 10-13.

They combine with the Delta Aquarid shower (above) to produce the year’s most dazzling display of shooting stars. In 2013, the Perseid meteors will streak across the short summer nights – August 10-13 – from late night until dawn, with little to no interference from the waxing crescent moon. Plus the moon will be near the planet Saturn in the evening hours, giving a colorful prelude to late-night Perseid show. Best mornings to look: August 11, 12 and 13.

 

 

Questions? Concerns? You can email me at: [masked]

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  • Dennis W

    Sorry it took so long to upload pictures and respond to all. I didn't get out of Sylvania until late Thursday and home Friday. Being a beginner it took me a while to find my way out. At least that's what I tell my wife

    1 · August 18, 2013

  • Patrick G.

    Photos posted

    August 11, 2013

  • Brian P.

    Weather fantastic. Campsites & Trails great. Great people.

    1 · August 11, 2013

  • Beau B.

    Just heard the bugs are pretty bad up there. Plan accordingly

    August 9, 2013

  • Sean

    last year gary said:
    From Green Bay you take 41N to 141 all the way up to Hwy 2 to Watersmeet Mi. At junction of Hwy 2 and Hwy 45 continue west about 4 miles to Co rd. 535 (Thousand Island lake road) Take left and follow to Sylvania Wilderness Hq. You can also take Hwy 29 to Hwy 45N. From Fox cities take Hwy 45 the entire way to Hwy 2. G.P.S. coordinates N[masked] W[masked]

    August 8, 2013

    • Sean

      I'll try to post a comment to meetup with our site numbers when we know what they are. If not, its a pretty small camp with three loops. I like to find sites that are near water and bathrooms when I can if that helps. i'll facebook my phone number at you so you can try calling or texting when you get there, though if i'm not able to post to the board i'm not sure how much good that will do us...

      August 8, 2013

    • Michelle

      Sounds good - if all else fails, we'll drive around looking for an abnormal number of tents in a small space :) Brandon, Chad and I will be arriving sometime in the 5-5:30 timeframe. Unless I get lost. Then maybe 6.

      August 8, 2013

  • Patrick G.

    Does anyone know an address that will actually show up on my GPS?

    August 8, 2013

    • Sean

      gary posted one last year, let me see if I can dig that up for you... though I remember it wanting us to go north from hwy 2, which was a bad idea...

      August 8, 2013

  • Brian P.

    Sean; Mike and I are leaving Appleton/DePere together between 11a and 11:30a and should be up around 3:00p. Send me a text or email where we can find your posse. Still room in the truck for one more who might desire this timeline.

    August 3, 2013

    • Sean

      will do.

      August 6, 2013

  • Leigh

    This was a great trip last year, sorry I can't join you all again - have fun!

    August 6, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi, I was wondering if I could car pool with someone on Friday? Otherwise someone could hitch a ride with me but I would be leaving from Wausau Thursday night around 5pm.

    July 30, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Hey Brandon, do you know about what time you would be coming through Wausau?

      July 30, 2013

    • Brandon K.

      Honestly, I could come through anytime.

      July 31, 2013

  • Sean

    Hi guys. We're going hiking next weekend! So far, for carpooling, it looks like we have Jan and myself hitching a ride with Beau, departing bt 8-10 am on friday morning. Beau has one extra spot in his sweet sweet truck.

    Michelle is leaving Milwaukee around 1 and will be coming through the valley around 2-3. She is willing to carpool, for arrival around 6pm.

    Brian wants to leave appleton between 10 and noon, and is willing to drive. Michael has expressed a willingness to carpool from Green Bay as well.

    July 29, 2013

  • Michelle

    I'm sad Melanie had to back out of the trip, but excited to be joining in her place! I have to work Friday morning (I'm in Milwaukee) and will be leaving hopefully between 12-1pm on Friday. If anyone doesn't have carpool plans yet and is ok leaving a bit later in the day, I would be happy to swing through Appleton or Green Bay on my way north, probably arriving in Sylvania around 6pm.

    1 · July 29, 2013

  • Chris S.

    Sorry to have to do this as I was looking WAY forward for this trip. But there is a wedding I'm needing to be at on Sunday and won't be back in time for it if I were to go and since there is a decent waiting list I won't hassle with leaving the trip early.

    I wish you all good luck and a ton of fun on the trip, hopefully I shall make it up there another time.

    July 22, 2013

    • Sean

      next time brother

      July 22, 2013

  • Melanie

    I will be leaving from Milwaukee between the hours of 2-3pm on Friday. My estimated time of arrival to Sylvania Wilderness is at about 8:30pm Friday night. If anyone wants to carpool, feel free to ask! :)

    June 1, 2013

    • Chris S.

      Sadly as I just posted I won't be going and thus not able to carpool with ya

      July 22, 2013

    • Melanie

      Nooooooo! :(

      July 22, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    awesome event. You guys will have a blast.

    June 9, 2013

  • Brian P.

    Sorry. I have been a little late on the carpooling dialogue. I don't have a specific departure time planned yet (trip is two months distant) but I took all Friday off and likely would leave from Appleton between 10am and Noon. I have a crew cab pickup and can comfortably fit one or two folks who want to leave a little later than Sean or a little earlier than Melanie.

    June 4, 2013

  • Sean

    I'll be leaving Neenah between 8-10am to get campsites secured and hopefully some fishing or swimming in on fri. I'd be happy to carpool as well.

    June 1, 2013

    • Sean

      Shouldn't be a problem. I vote we take beau's truck. More room and less kid mess to deal with.

      June 4, 2013

    • Beau B.

      There you go again whoring out the truck Sean lol
      I can definitely drive, so we have Sean, Jan and myself. Did Micheal say he wanted to leave early and carpool as well? Could even fit a 5th... might need to make everyone jump in the lake before the ride back though

      1 · June 4, 2013

  • Michael H.

    I plan on leaving Green Bay area around Noon. Would be happy to car pool.

    June 2, 2013

    • Beau B.

      Could always take a nap in the hammock if fishings not your thing too haha

      June 3, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Hi could I possibly also carpool with you?

      June 4, 2013

  • Michael H.

    So, Beau, you're bringing the hammock?

    June 4, 2013

    • Patrick G.

      Looks like I'll have to bring mine

      1 · June 4, 2013

    • Beau B.

      Wouldn't leave the trail head without it!

      1 · June 4, 2013

  • Michelle

    I guess I need to be a bit quicker with my RSVPs :) not that I'm wishing for anyone else to have back out, but...

    June 3, 2013

    • Michelle

      I guess no one heard that you take people on death marches when you host :)

      1 · June 3, 2013

    • Sean

      Come on now. It wasn't technically a death march, we reivived that guy. The drum is for ambiance, and the whip really helps to keep the bugs off.

      2 · June 4, 2013

  • Beau B.

    I'm in!

    June 3, 2013

  • Dennis W

    I love Sylvania especially in the winter when nobody' there.

    2 · June 3, 2013

  • Gary

    Enjoy the beautiful area and I hope you have clear skies

    1 · June 2, 2013

  • Nikki

    Darn, I will be canoeing in the boundary waters during this weekend! Have a great time!

    June 1, 2013

    • Sean

      Boundary waters is good too! Have fun, we'll catch you on the next one.

      June 2, 2013

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