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  • #4532
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    OneBadApple
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    yoohoo anybody out there?????
    anybody ever been here??? looks and reads like a mini BWA!?!?
    well it might be my start into taking over cliff jacobsons spotlight i mean i just seen that kats pic in the pirgias catalog hehe cliff bro “in that line of work i thought you’d be bigger”!!!!!
    😀
    anyhow anyone ever been here sylvania????? pretty close to my house well dang close to were i do my hunting….
    oba

  • #5317
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    houlibar
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    Well I don’t know anything about sylvania. Just wanted to lend you an ear ’cause I hate see’in you have talk to yourself. Oh, and I do look forward to reading your daily sigline message! 😀

  • #5311
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    Jackcramer
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    I have been to this wonderful canoe area. It’s very nice. Not too crowded, clean and chock full of wildlife and great fishing. Nice car camping too if you don’t want to go into the backcountry.

  • #5313
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    OneBadApple
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    whoa replies:D thanks fellas,i’ve just had sooo much time on my hands lately recovering from this lower back disc surgery i had….so soon i’ll be BACK… ouch too working long hours and i know yall gonna miss me hehe
    oba

  • #5305
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    kcanoe
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    I second this post! There’s a Canoeing.com section on Sylvania, but not a lot of other information out there. This is one of those parks that we’d love to hear more about — any Trip Logs floating around out there (hint hint — Jack)? Photos? Anybody?

    kcanoe

  • #5306
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    Canadienne
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    I was there quite a few years ago when I was about 16. It is absolutely beautiful there. The lakes go from clear to blue to green and are amazing to paddle though.

    The a few major differences as far as rules and regulations that I read on the Sylvania section of this site. A few I remember area no live bait and you reserve each campsite ahead of time.

    We caught some very large largemouth bass while we were there and again. it was beautiful and peaceful.

  • #5308
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    pknoerr
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    Yep, my experiences mimic Canadienne’s. I was there last in September 1992. It’s likely gorgeous as we speak…with flame colored maples, good cool nights, nice days, lots and lots of deer. We did a little fishing, and day camping. It’s not very large in area, so it suits the basecamper or fishing canoeist. A serious canoe tripper could paddle all the lakes and do all the ports in a single day. None of the ports are real long, or arduous. Do check the fishing regs because they are not standard Michigan regs as noted. In addition, the hiking is excellent as well.

    Great place to visit, Boneli has trip reports and great photos on his personal website for those interested.

    PK

  • #5312
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    Jackcramer
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    My experiences mimic those already posted. Barbless hooks are the big fishing reg. issue there. Daily limits are small too. Loons aplenty, Aggressive Chipmunks, beware. Hang food bag properly or they will get into it. I left an empty soft vinyl water bucket out a few hours and it was knawed through in 2 places.

    All sites are first come 1st served. A new entry station was built 3 years ago. So if you fondly remember the old “A” Framed hut, it’s no longer used. I always was able to get the interior campsites I wanted. Added bonus – I always met the nicest people there paddling through. You can car camp and paddle most of the park in one go, but I recommend taking a few days and enjoy this little treasure.

    Sorry no photos. All my SW pics are from an old school 35mm camera. And dang if I can even find those…

  • #5314
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    OneBadApple
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    well it sure sounds nice and not something that would overwhelm a rookie:D thanks for all the replies
    oba
    gonna have to try boneli z link again later couldn’t get it to work last night (clicked the one on his profile)???

  • #5315
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    OneBadApple
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    still no luck with boneli’s link on his profile!?!!?
    could be a webtv thing, cuz i still have no luck with bell canoe works website since they changed it…
    would really like to check out them pics he has
    oba

  • #5309
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    pknoerr
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    There must be a typo in his link… I’ll drop him a message so he knows.

    http://www.adventures.wildrec.net/

    PK

  • #5310
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    Jerry R.
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    Barry’s link that you have posted here works, PK.

    I know he is losing his web hosting from ccr however after the sale of the site.

    J

  • #5316
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    OneBadApple
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    thanks once again pk it worked fine from the link on here… BUT HOLY CRAP yall i musta had the tv volume at full punch sittin here on the couch looking at all the beautiful photos with my wonder grouse dog(but mostly hungriez) black lab tar’a all of the sudden from the tv a loud bird sound came outta the speakers her ears popped up flew to the tv and dang near flushed my screen:D guess i’d better give her a cookie bone for tryin hehe:D
    nice site boneli those canoes are friggin SWEET!!!!!
    OBA

  • #5318
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    dapaddlers
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    Been to Sylvania annually for the past 15 years. It’s a great spot for all paddlers. The beginner will find a nice drive in 48 site campground to launch day trips. The more experienced will find 50 wilderness sites spread across 8 lakes all connected by a trail system.
    There is a resort on Crooked Lake and motor boats are allowed on it, the rest of the lakes are paddle only. Leave your sail rigs and portage carts at home, they are not allowed
    The whole wilderness area is just over 18,000 acres. You can find a map here.

    http://www.fs.fed.us/r9/ottawa/images/maps/sylvania_tearoff.pdf%5B/url%5D

  • #5307
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    Boneli
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    I have since re-done my web page and removed some old pages. Reference to Syvania got replaced by Canadian trips.

    Sorry.

    Please contact me if you have any questions about Sylvania and I’ll see if I can help you.

    Boneli

  • #5319
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    Beaverjack
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    I’ve been there and plan to return next year. Great fishing. I’m not sure it qualifies as bona fide wilderness in my book. Way too small and saturated with humans to be that. By Eastern standards, it’s still pristine and the virgin timber is unique. When you get to the farthest reaches, there’s still road noise in the distance and human foot traffic on the trails so skinny dipping with the old lady becomes iffy. The water quality is good, and the campground is clean and well-maintained. They get a fee for everything there, and you can’t camp in the backcountry without a site-specific permit. You can’t buy that except on the day you enter, which means you have to wait for the ranger station to open at 8:30. Purchasing the backcountry permit online avoids this, but who can tell in advance what the weather will do to an itinerary? If you want to move each day, a windy or stormy day will mess everything up. Other than the fees and excessive bureaucracy, it’s a nice place to visit.

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