Winter Activities

For over forty years, Sylvania Outfitters has been provisioning outdoor enthusiasts with cross-country skiing, camping, snowshoeing, and trekking supplies and more for excursions into the Sylvania Wilderness Area and the surrounding Ottawa National Forest. There is much to explore and experience in the Sylvania Wilderness of Michigan's Upper Peninsula, and here at Sylvania Outfitters, we know the best way to get you to your destination...and back again!

Check out our selection of winter outfitting gear! Sylvania Outfitters is your winter headquarters for skijoring, snowshoeing, winter hiking and camping. We also have a basic selection of cross-country ski equipment (skis, boots, poles, accessories, waxes, maps, etc.) in stock and available for sale or rental. And don’t forget about our Children’s Equipment Trade-Up Program, taking the stress out of keeping growing kids in correctly sized gear!

Note! Please call ahead if you know that your group will need equipment so that we can get you out on the trails ASAP!

We personally groom and maintain our own ski trails as needed, leaving you free to appreciate the unforgettable, unique beauty of the winter season. If you are planning a group outing, please let us know ahead of time so that we can prepare the trails for you. Sylvania Outfitters will also customize your trip so that you can fully enjoy the beauty, solitude, and wonder that awaits within the Sylvania Wilderness Area and the Ottawa National Forest.

Forgot to pack some gear, or looking to try a product before you buy? Not to worry, Sylvania Outfitters has all the basic equipment and accessories on site and available for purchase or rental! For more information about winter activities, visit us or call today!

PLEASE NOTE! The Sylvania Wilderness and Recreation Area retains a unique and wild beauty that few surrounding natural areas possess. The natural solitude and character of the Sylvania Wilderness remains today only because of the dedicated naturalists of the past who cared enough to insist on the area’s protection.

When exploring here, we ask that you please respect and protect the work done by others before you to maintain the wilderness and to make it the very special place for plant, animal, and human interaction that it is today. It is because of their efforts that present day visitors to the Sylvania Wilderness are able to experience and bring away memories of the unbelievable, majestic, and magnificent sights of the Natural World as it may have looked long before Europeans began their explorations of the area. Enjoy!