Lake Country Canoeing

in the Sylvania Wilderness Area! Group size: 3 - 8 people
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.
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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 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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