Lake Country Canoeing

in the Sylvania Wilderness Area!

In Michigan’s Upper Peninsula sits the isolated Sylvania Wilderness– a land of wild creatures, 34 pristine lakes, cobblestone shorelines, and unspoiled old growth forests.


Ages 14+

Group Size: 3-8 people

Cost: $3600/group


about the destination

Sylvania is a place set apart where humans are only visitors. The enormous trees and the abundant wildlife are stunning. As you paddle from lake to lake you’re sure to have fun, be awed by nature, and experience God’s presence in new ways.

Trip overview

Your trip begins at Amnicon where we spend the first day on preparation and orientation so that you are set up well to have a successful week. We do a big campfire at sunset on our sandy beach of Lake Superior that night. The next morning we’ll drive you out to the wilderness. Groups paddle lake-to-lake carrying everything necessary to live in the backcountry.

Between lakes, the canoes and gear are portaged”, or carried, overland to the next lake.  You can expect to travel between four and six hours per day, including plenty of time for lunch and breaks.  A layover day is often planned to allow extra time for hiking, swimming, and basking in the sun.  Nights are spent chatting, cooking and singing over the campfire and sleeping in tents at the wilderness campsites. 

frequently asked questions

What COVID precautions are you taking?

Amnicon Adventures are remarkably amenable to COVID precautions. You won’t interact with anyone outside your group, all group activities will take place outdoors, and we’ll mask up anytime we can’t physically distance… and there’s usually plenty of room to physically distance. The American Camps Association (our accrediting org) did a big survey in 2020 and found that camps who followed all of the above precautions had ZERO instances of COVID transmission. COVID can’t stop us from having fun, making memories, or connecting with God, friends, and nature. 

There are a few other precautionary measures we’re taking as well. If you’re interested, click here to read our full COVID response policies.

Who can come on a Sylvania trip?

Trip participants must be:

  • At least 14 years old on the first day of the trip,
  • In reasonably good health,
  • Able to lift and carry 50 pounds over a short distance,
  • Able to swim 25 yards and tread water for 30 seconds while wearing a USCG certified Personal Floatation Device (life jacket)
  • Able to walk half a mile over uneven terrain without assistance, AND
  • Have a licensed medical practitioner sign a health form certifying that they are healthy enough to engage in the kinds of activities we’ll do on this trip.

Anyone with a chronic medical condition must:

  • Be able to manage their own care without assistance,
  • Bring all their own medications and supplies,
  • Be willing and able to communicate with Amnicon staff if they’re not doing well,
  • Have experience managing their condition during prolonged periods of increased stress & activity, AND
  • Have not had any medical emergencies within the last year. 

If you have questions about whether this trip will be a good fit for you, don’t hesitate to contact us! Call 715-364-2602, email, or click the button below.

What are the bathroom facilities like?

Campsites have pit toilets that are often referred to as “Ranger Boxes”. They are down a path and out of view of the campsite. It’s like sitting on a toilet seat without any walls. It might be a little weird your first time, but once you get used to it, the view is quite nice! And no walls means they usually don’t smell bad. Every few miles along the river there are boat landings that have concrete outhouses. 

Is there time for swimming?

Usually there is ample time to swim on this trip. Portage spots are usually a great time for a quick dip! 

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