Sylvania Wilderness and Recreation Area

Watersmeet, Michigan 49969

Sylvania Wilderness and Recreation Area

Sylvania Wilderness & Recreation Area Professional Review and Guide

"Trails in wilderness and an adjoining recreation area of nearly 19,000 acres. The Sylvania Wilderness and Recreation Area is an 18,327-acre step back to a quieter time in northern Michigan. This large natural area comes complete with old-growth forest and pristine lakes, providing habitat for all sorts of plants and creatures. Wildflowers of all sorts, even rare orchids, can be found throughout the area. Migrating waterfowl, loons, eagles, and osprey are common sights around many of the lakes in the tract.

Deer, bear, and birds of all sorts inhabit the area, while trophy-class smallmouth bass abound in many of the lakes along with walleye, northern pike, and pan fish. About 20 miles of trails wind through the area, connecting most of its thirty-six named lakes like dots in a puzzle. Special attractions: 36 lakes surrounded by old-growth forest with stands of virgin red and white pines; wildflowers; waterfowl; excellent fishing. The sense of wilderness, however, is perhaps the most special of all attractions of the Sylvania area."

Sylvania Wilderness & Recreation Area Reviews

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Very nice hike, mosly shade with small openings in the trees for sun. Small hills, great midwest scenery.

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Trail Information

Nearby City
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Easy to Moderate
Skill Level
Summer and after. Trails are accessible after the snow melts in late April or early May, but hikers would be advised to wait until mid-June -- wait, that is, for the black fly population to ebb just a bit.
Sylvania Wilderness Visitor Center, 906-358-4724
Local Contacts
Forest Service maps
Local Maps

Activity Feed

Jul 2018