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Sylvania (Clark Lake) Campground

Ottawa National Forest

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County Road 535 Watersmeet, MI 49969 906-358-4551 906-358-4724 Official Website

GPS: 46.2446, -89.31

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Overview of Sylvania (Clark Lake) Campground

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Number of Sites 48

Reservations yes

Open Seasonally May - Sept.

Elevation 1,804 ft / 549 m

Max Stay 14

Tent Camping Yes

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Site Quality
12 reviews
“Shady with Lots of Mosquitoes”

Reviewed 8/17/2019

Nightly rate: $9
Days stayed: 6
Site Number: 2
Overall Rating

We had a nice stay... all the sites are shady and some are not suited for large rig. Our 5er is 35' and we had to request a different spot because the access roads are very narrow and have ditches on either side. Some of the better spots were too short for our rig and truck. Lots of shade so we had to run our genny once during our 6 nights there. Positives... bathhouse has been remodeled and is nice, sites are paved, and the wild rasberries were plentiful when we were there. Negatives, just lots of mosquitoes! Bug spray and citronella candles helped but we still got chased inside a couple of evenings.

Site Quality

Randy would stay here again

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Calumet, MI 16' Scamp Honda CR-V
3 reviews
“Wonderful experience at Sylvania in Ottawa National Forest”

Reviewed 7/22/2015

Nightly rate: $16
Days stayed: 4
Site Number: 42
Overall Rating

We live in the UP but have not spent much time at Sylvania. However, I do think it's one of the best kept secrets. It's like a mini experience of the Boundary Waters - same principle. Clark Lake is large and beautiful and there are many camping sites accessible from Clark Lake and the subsequent lakes through portages. The Main Campground has all been paved in the last year and is really nicely done in 4 loops of about 12-13 sites in each. There are nice wooded barriers between each site giving adequate privacy. All the loops have great old forest woods around the periphery. They have wonderful showers and flush toilets (mostly) and a great swimming beach. It's hardly used though.Mostly it's used as a day use for canoeists or for those that come in and go out for a few days at a time to camp on outer islands. It was a bit buggy as we have had a late spring/summer here in the Upper Peninsula and they haven't gone yet; but a little good bug spray did the trick. We have our own canoe but there is an outfitter (Sylvania Outfitter) just a few miles down the main road on Hwy 2 that has everything you need for canoeing or camping or backpacking including trips. The campground is 4 miles off the main Hwy 2. We had no cell service there but we only have a small track phone. There is a day use pass rate of $5 or $20 for the season. We have a senior pass for National Forests so we paid just $10 for the season pass and $8/night for the site. A great bargain. If you like beauty and quiet Sylvania is the place for you. Also there are many walking trails.

Site Quality

Holly would stay here again

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  • dry camping
  • picnic area
  • recreation trail
  • swimming beach
  • water access
Site Amenities
  • fire ring
  • picnic table
  • dump station
  • restrooms: vault
  • showers
  • water available


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