Sylvania Outfitters Has Canoes, Kayaks, 4-Wheel Bikes, Camping, And Fishing Gear At Their Headquarters On U.S. 2, Watersmeet, MI.
Welcome to
Sylvania Outfitters
Information for 2014
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. 
Bob Zelinski-President

New this year for leisurely, on-trail touring through the local forests, take a look at the Quadracycle Adventure Tours we have for your enjoyment.

See the 4 wheel quadracycles at Sylvania Outfitters.

Your headquarters for camping, kayaking, 4-wheel bicycles, canoeing and fishing Watersmeet and the UP of Michigan
See items for sale in our retail store here

See the newest, highly detailed waterproof map of the Sylvania Wilderness area!  Click 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.

Your cost... $7.00 which includes postage and tax.
Give us a call!
Phone: 1-906-358-4766


We have been informed that the vehicle access roads into the ENTRANCE to the wilderness area and paved roads leading to Crooked Lake, the Clark Lake campground and Clark Lake put in area will be closed the entire summer season for road repaving.   Call us for access points to Clark and Crooked Lakes: 

Read more here.

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, ride the quadracycles, and camp with respect and care.  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.

     We've added a new dimension in travel here in the Northwoods...  4-wheel bikes!  Often called QUADRACYCLES, they are so much fun to ride!  You can rent a single seat or two seater 4-wheel bike for a short ride or a day trip.  We are the exclusive outlet for these human-powered 4 wheel cycles and you've got to give them a try.  See more about these trail cycles here.

     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.

     The Sylvania 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 headquarters.
 Reservations for campsites can only be made through the 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.

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     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.


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Our customers also rent our Kevlar canoes for their Isle Royale trips.

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Sylvania Outfitters
Kayaks to fit one
or two people
Canoes of various
weights and lengths
Tackle shop for
your convenience
and accessories
Fishing licenses, maps
and important regulations
Get fishing info at Sylvania Outfitters, Watersmeet, MI Camping gear rentals at Sylvania Outfitters, Watersmeet, MI Firepits are used in Sylvania Wilderness camp sites Sylvania Outfitters does not take camp site reservations Relax, Sylvania Outfitters, Watersmeet, MI, has outfitted your trip. Sylvania Outfitters, Watersmeet, MI, can suggest great photo op sites
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A mellow morning voyage on clean and clear lakes All campsites have
 fire pits for your safety
Reservations for campsites are made at
 Ottawa National Forest site
No boom boxes nor
 glass bottles permitted
Get up close to Nature... tread softly, 
leave nothing behind

See the special use regulations that protect the natural serenity and beauty of the Sylvania Wilderness Area.

Maps of the Ottawa National Forest are yours to download.

Parents!  If your child is part of a group supervised
 by someone other than yourself, please see the

Important:  Reservations for campsites can only be made through the site. 

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 complete outfitting. Cancellation 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
Phone: 1-906-358-4766

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See the 4 wheel quadracycles at Sylvania Outfitters. See the NEW 4-wheel trail bikes!
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View our prepacked meals menu   Prepacked meals for 2 or 4 Persons Very nice map of Sylvania Wilderness      The Big Map of the Sylvania Wilderness Area
View our prepacked meals menu    Buy Sylvania Outfitters apparel and other unique item
Winter trails, gear, maps and more
Sylvania Wilderness campsite reservation information Info and Reservations for Sylvania Wilderness or Ottawa National Forest is at  
Very nice map of Sylvania Wilderness Watch an excellent video of Sylvania Outfitters' customizable canoe selections and retail store items.You'll feel as if you were on your way to another Sylvania Wilderness adventure!
Informative links on your right...

Links to
Informative Websites

On your right...
Sylvania Wilderness Cabins Watersmeet, MI Chamber of Commerce Hunt's Guide To The
U P of Michigan
Friends Of Sylvania All About Watersmeet Area



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