Sylvania Wilderness - Beginner Trip

  • August 15, 2014 · 4:30 PM
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This is a beginner level trip through the Sylvania Wilderness in the Ottawa national forest near Watersmeet MI.  The terrain is rugged in places, but is generally flat and easy.  If you choose the short route out on Sunday you may have to cross a small stream and mud/swamp.

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. There is a shorter route of about 2.5 miles back to the campground should you feel you can't make the longer hike.

Clark lake has beaches and excellent swimming so don't forget your swimming suit.

A Route map is here: Sylvania map

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: personal equipment, food, water, and a $4 per car per night (or $20 season pass) fee.

Sylvania Wilderness has special rules governing use of certain equipment. I expect group members to follow these rules in the back country.  These include:

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.

Cans & Bottles-Non-burnable and 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. 

Wheeled Vehicles-Bicycles or mechanical portaging wheels are not allowed in the Wilderness. Wheeled chairs are permitted. 

Dogs-Are allowed on a six foot leash in both the Wilderness and Recreation area. Dogs may only be off leash during sanctioned State of Michigan hunting seasons. They may not be left unattended and are not permitted in the Clark Lake Beach and Swimming area. 

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  • Senthil

    Dennis, Before I left the restaurant, I gave Sophie's backpack to Shannon. He was trying to reach you over the phone. Did you received?. Thank you Shannon.

    August 29

    • Shannon B.

      I got a hold of Dennis and we've made arrangements to return the pack. Thanks for checking up :)

      August 29

  • Shannon B.

    Great group, too bad the park was under construction. Glad we were all able to make it!

    August 18

  • Shannon B.

    Great group, too bad the park was under construction. Glad we were all able to make it!

    August 18

  • Dennis W

    It was a great trip mainly because everyone was understanding and helped work around the last minute problems with closed campgrounds and detours. Extra thanks to Shannon with his messaging and efforts to keep the loose ends connected. Hope to see you all soon.

    2 · August 18

    • Shannon B.

      Glad to help, thank you for taking over for Sean!

      August 18

  • Ralph K.

    worked out well once we were underway We can see the importance of communication since the park service threw us a couple curves.

    August 18

  • Shannon B.

    We're at Imp Lake Campground off Highway 2 between Iron River and Watersmeet. Sites 6 and 8.

    August 15

  • Ralph K.

    Looks like I lost my ride. Anybody else have room for a rider?

    August 13

    • Shane

      messaged you both my number call(leave voice mail if i don't answer) or text

      August 14

    • Ralph K.

      Thanks Shane

      August 14

  • Jim

    Sorry can not make it, caught something, feeling too under the weather

    August 14

  • Ram V.

    Hey guys, due to some unforeseen circumstances, I will not be able to make it to this trip. Sorry about the last minute notice. I could not have avoided the issue.

    August 13

    • Sean

      Dennis is already in the woods. I'll remove you from the trip to make room for a late add if someone wants...

      August 13

  • Shannon B.

    Just an FYI, there's some construction up at Sylvania... Check Dennis' post on the midweek trip before you leave

    August 12

  • Stacey H.

    Hoping to hitch a ride, I'm not sure my car will make it there and back!

    August 6

    • Ram V.

      Hey Ralph, I sure can.

      August 8

    • Ralph K.

      Thanks alot. You can message me your phone no and we can decide where to meet.

      August 9

  • Amanda

    Hi Dennis. I know that this is only a week away but I am not going to be able to go. It's important I stay around here due to an unfortunate family situation. I am sorry that it is last minute but I feel like I need to be closer to home right now. I hope someone else is able to go and that you understand why I have to cancel.

    August 5

  • Ralph K.

    Departure date is getting close. Anybody interested in carpooling? I will pay for gas if I can get a ride. I live a mile west of Hwy 41 15 miles north of Green Bay.

    August 5

  • Sean

    Since the trip is full... I can't hold my spot anymore...
    I'm out on this trip. I recently accepted a job at UWSP and am in the process of moving to Stevens Point. This trip should land somewhere within 10 days of moving into the new house, and its just not going to work for me to go. Dennis is leading, and I'm coordinating with him to transfer campsite reservations etc. Have fun, and I'll see you on the next one.

    July 19

  • Sean

    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]

    June 17

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