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Sylvania Wilderness


Few Wilderness areas compare to Sylvania with its old growth forest and pristine lakes. Leave your motors and wheels behind and enjoy the solitude of this fantastic 19,000-acre wilderness area. Here you will find 34 named lakes – some with sandy beaches, others surrounded by record-sized pines. Many of the lakes are connected by portages, and campsites have been established. Spend the afternoon exploring Sylvania and you might just see a rare orchid, a bald eagles, loons and osprey.This wilderness area offers canoe and kayak camping, 30 miles of hiking trails. Trails are well suited for both day hiking and backpacking trips. Car camping is also available in the beautiful forest at Clark Lake.

For more Information on the Sylvania Wilderness, please visit the Ottawa National Forest website

Map of Sylvania Wilderness

Sylvania Recreation Area

Once enjoyed by the rich and famous, is now operated by the U.S. Forest Service as part of the Ottawa National Forest. A 48 unit campground, information and recreation station, pavilion with showers, beach and picnic area and boat landings on Clark, Crooked, and Long Lakes allow you to camp, picnic, hike, or swim and be adjacent to the Sylvania Wilderness.