Check out our winter outfitting gear and cross country ski trails that we groom ourselves.  We have a basic selection of X-country ski equipment in stock for sale and rental.

We groom our own trails as needed.  If you plan to bring a group, please let us know ahead of time so we can prepare trails.  

For over forty 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.

   We will customize your trip requirements so that you can fully enjoy the beauty, solitude, and wonder that awaits all four seasons within the Sylvania Wilderness Area and the Ottawa National Forest.

Welcome to
Sylvania Outfitters winter cross country ski trails

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:  1-906-358-4766

Read more here.

All about winter activities at Sylvania Outfitters

WINTER HOURS 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 
We are your winter outdoor headquarters for skijoring, cross country skiing, snowshoeing, winter hiking, or camping in the Watersmeet, MI, and Sylvania Wilderness areas.


Miles of groomed ski trails right outside our door.
Please call ahead if your group needs equipment so we can get you out on the trails ASAP.  Phone: 1-906-358-4766.
  X-country skis
  Boots, poles, accessories
  Children's "trade-up program" to keep them in the correct sized equipment
  If you forget something for your excursion the odds are we have what you need.
Click on the images below to see a larger version in a new window

Beautiful artist's map of the Sylvania Wilderness

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We sell this beautiful hand crafted artist's map of the Sylvania Wilderness.  Click to view it and let us know if you would like to order it and we'll ship it right away.

Bob will select equipment just for you It's beautiful in the Sylvania area in winter The cozy fireplace awaits your return from the trails Personal attention to your winter outdoor experience Just a portion of the equipment inventory

The newspaper article below describes our services and trails.  Click on it to view the details in a new window.

There is much to explore and experience in the Sylvania Wilderness Area of Michigan's Upper Peninsula and Sylvania Outfitters knows how to get you there...and back! And the unique beauty of the winter season is truly unforgettable.  Our personally groomed trails are carefully maintained so you can fully enjoy the winter adventures in these magnificent north woods.   

All about Sylvania Outfitters in Watersmeet, MI

     Visit us or call at Sylvania Outfitters for info about winter activities.  We have the basic equipment and accessories on site, too, if you need to buy or rent your outdoor equipment.

     The 2013 winter trail map image is on the right.  This image is a thumbnail sample so when you click on it the large file size (1.2mb) image will display in a new window.  You can copy the large image to your computer and print it at whatever size or resolution you wish.  Keep in mind, though, that because we personally maintain excellent trails and loops for you, the trail system can change from year to year.  The map on this page is current for the winter of 2012.

     The Sylvania Wilderness and Recreation Area retains a wildness 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.  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!!

2 new trails for snowshoers


Wolf Bog


Ice Lake Bog

Rates and InformationHome Rates and Information Rates for equipment, meals and trips See the 4 wheel quadracycles at Sylvania Outfitters.4-Wheel Bikes
Very nice map of Sylvania WildernessDay trips Sylvania Wilderness campsite reservation information Reservations at Very nice map of Sylvania WildernessWatch us on Youtube
Important Information about Ottawa National Forest and Sylvania Wilderness Important Info Very nice map of Sylvania Wilderness Big Map of the Sylvania Wilderness Area

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Open 7 days a week!

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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