Information for 2013
Remember, we are here not only to rent you the equipment,
but to be your base of operation, your troubleshooter
and your link to the Northwoods.
See items for sale in our retail store
See the newest, highly detailed waterproof map
of the Sylvania Wilderness area!
Click on the image to the right to see a
sample of the map's detail.
here to see the entire map.
Call us or stop in to get yours; this is the newest and best map
of the Sylvania Wilderness Area... a must have!
Your cost... $7.00 which includes postage and tax. Give
us a call!
Hello! I'm Bob Zelinski and I have operated Sylvania Outfitters, Inc.
for over forty years.
My outfitting base is located just one mile west of Watersmeet, Michigan on U. S. Highway 2. Open 7 days a week to help you with all your canoeing
and camping plans, I am at your service from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. during the summer. My objective is to be
here for you all four seasons of the year not only to rent equipment, but to be your base of operations, your
troubleshooter and your link to the beautiful north woods of Watersmeet, MI, and
Ottawa National Forest .
I would highly recommend making a reservation for your
outfitting equipment before you arrive,
especially if you have a large group. Give me a call at 906-358-4766 and I
will make your connection to the woods and waters of the Northwoods a simple matter.
I can set you up, get you in, and get you out. All you have to do is canoe,
kayak, cross country ski and camp
with respect and care, and come back again soon! If you have any questions not answered by
this web site, call us. We would be happy to discuss how you, too, can enjoy the unique
beauty of the Sylvania Wilderness Area and the Ottawa National Forest.
visit us in the Winter, too! Just outside our door here at Sylvania
Outfitters are nearly 15 miles of trails I groom just for our visitors to
traverse the woodlands of the Ottawa National Forest. These are great trails... I know because
I groom them several days a week or whenever weather and usage permits.
In our store we sell canoeing and camping supplies, fishing licenses,
lures and maps.
We have an excellent selection of Backpacker's
Pantry products and freeze-dried backpacking food. Sylvania Outfitters, Inc. is located just 1 mile west of Watersmeet,
in the rugged and beautiful area known as Michigan's Upper Peninsula. For nearly
thirty years Sylvania Outfitters has been provisioning outdoor
enthusiasts with camping, canoeing, cross-country skiing, and trekking supplies for
excursions into the Sylvania Wilderness
Area and the surrounding
Ottawa National Forest. Personal concern that your wilderness
adventure is as good as it gets at Sylvania Outfitters. We will customize your trip requirements
so that you can fully enjoy the beauty, solitude, and wonder that awaits within the
Sylvania Wilderness Area and the Ottawa National Forest.
Wilderness and Recreation Area retains a wildness and unspoiled beauty
that few public environs possess. Its natural solitude and
character remains today because dedicated people cared enough in the
past to insist on protecting it. If you visit here, you must
respect and protect what others have done before you to make this a very
special place for plant, animal, and human interaction. (View the
special regulations regarding the
Sylvania Wilderness Area.) Those who visit here bring away with them memories of the Natural World
as it might have been long before Europeans began their explorations of the area. Enjoy!!
Watch an excellent
video by Scott Cherek of Bob describing
how to customize your gear for an optimal canoeing experience.
You'll see for yourself why people call Sylvania Outfitters their
Sylvania Wilderness and Ottawa National Forest camping, kayaking and canoeing
for campsites can only be made through the
ReserveAmerica.com site. Sylvania
Outfitters provides rental and sales of camping, boating, canoeing and kayaking
equipment as well as all sorts of winter cross country skiing and camping
materials but we do not facilitate or manage camp site reservations.
Check out our winter outfitting
gear and cross country ski trails that we groom ourselves. View
or copy our trail map displaying over 12 miles of wilderness
trails. We have a basic selection of X-country ski equipment in
stock for sale and rental. Give us a call if you have any
questions about winter activities in the Sylvania Wilderness. See our
Winter Outfitting page.
Sylvania Outfitters is the only 'Special Use Permit' holder for
providing any canoe trips into the Sylvania Wilderness and Recreation Area and the
surrounding Ottawa National Forest. If you are planning just a simple day trip or an
extended excursion into the Northwoods, we can provide you with the maps, canoes,
freeze-dried food, Complete Outfitting Food Option, special gear, and get it all to your
drop off point. Our large inventory of Aluminum Grumman canoes, Royalex-Old Town canoes,
Royalex River canoes, Souris River kevlar canoes, Kayaks, and Rowboats accommodate your style of
camping and exploring. Fishing licenses are available, plus a good selection of
tackle designed for the crystal clear lakes and rivers of Sylvania and the Ottawa National
Forest. If you fly to the Land-O-Lakes, Wisconsin Airport we can pick you up
and drop you off for $20.
Reservations for kayaks,
canoes, boats and gear should always be
made if possible! Call us at Sylvania Outfitters... 906-358-4766
A deposit of $20 for
each watercraft will hold your watercraft rental.
Upon arrival, the deposit will become your security deposit, refunded when you
return the equipment after your trip. A deposit of $100 is required for
notice must be given 48 hours prior to your arrival for a deposit refund.
Open 7 days a week! (1 Mile west of Hwy. 45)
8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sylvania Outfitters, Inc.
E23423 U.S. Hwy. 2
Watersmeet, MI 49969
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