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Sylvania Outfitters winter cross country ski trails
2014 Information

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

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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.


We have an excellent selection of Backpacker's Pantry products... Freeze-Dried Backpacking Food.

Phone: 1-906-358-4766

        Hello from Bob Zelinski!  Just outside our door here at Sylvania Outfitters there are over 20 miles of groomed trails through the ice-covered lakes and woodlands of the Ottawa National Forest. These are great trails... I know because I groom them! 
     Take a look below at a very nice article about us in a local newspaper.  Click on the trail map image in the right side column to enlarge it if you want to print the map.  If you have any questions about winter activities and skiing our trails or the connecting trails of the Ottawa National Forest and Sylvania Wilderness Area, just give me a call.  I have lived and played in this area all my life and I'm happy to be your personal outfitter so you can fully enjoy the outdoor winter experience.
     We're just 1 mile west of Watersmeet, in the rugged and beautiful area known as Michigan's Upper Peninsula. 

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.

Our headquarters 2 miles west of Watersmeet, MI, on US Hwy 2 offers a basic selection of equipment for sale or rent to help you have the best possible outdoor winter experience:

  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.

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 nearly 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 

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.   


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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

All about Sylvania Outfitters in Watersmeet, MI
Click on the article to view the details

     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 2012 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

We sell canoe and camping supplies, fishing licenses, lures and maps. 

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.

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

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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 Rates and Information   Sylvania Outfitters Complete Information and Rates  Very nice map of Sylvania Wilderness    The Big Map of the Sylvania Wilderness Area
 Sylvania Wilderness campsite reservation information Info and Reservations for Sylvania Wilderness or Ottawa National Forest is at  You must use this national campsite reservation gateway to reserve your site.
 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!
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