Sylvania (Clark Lake) Campground

Area Status: Open
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Sign for Clark Lake Campground

WARNING, ROADS CLOSED FOR SUMMER: The Road System to Crooked Lake boat landing, Clark Lake boat landing, and the Clark Lake Campground and Day-Use Area will be under construction throughout the entire summer camping season. The road to Clark Lake will be closed until further notice. The road to Crooked Lake will be open until June 15, 2014 then will be closed for the summer. No vehicles will be allowed beyond the Sylvania Entrance Station after June 15. The Clark Lake Campground and Clark Lake Day-Use Building will be closed for the season. No parking will be available at Crooked Lake or Clark Lake boat landings, these areas will be closed. Parking is available at several trailheads in the Sylvania Perimeter Area. Please be aware that parking areas are limited and you may have to change your access points to Sylvania Backcountry campsites. Hiking or portage distances to your desired campsite may increase due to parking availability. For current road closure status, please call the Sylvania Entrance Station 906-358-4404 (open May 15th)or the Ottawa Visitor Center 906-358-4724. The Sylvania Entrance Station will be OPEN for the season and your backcountry camping permits will be available there. We apologize for the inconvenience.

Sylvania (Clark Lake) Campground is located 7 miles southwest of Watersmeet, Mi., adjacent to the 18,327 acre Sylvania Wilderness Area. This 48 site campground provides a home base for wilderness visitors who venture into the wilderness on day outings. Sylvania (Clark Lake) Campground provides more amenities than what is provided in the wilderness area. This campground consists of 4 camping loops with a total of 48 campsites and provides drive-in campsites that can accommodate tents, trailers and motor homes. All sites are spaced with natural vegetation for screening.  Each site offers a wood table, fire ring, lantern post and parking spur. Drinking water is provided by faucets in loops 2, 3, & 4, while two flush toilet facilities and one accessible vault toilet are evenly spaced throughout the campground. Also located adjacent to the campground is a day use facility that has showers, a picnic area, conoe access landings, trail heads and a swimming beach. Also located adjacent to the campground is a water and sewage dump station.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: Loop #1 of the campground is open with NO services
Area Amenities: Accessible,Boat ramp,Tent camping,Camping trailer,Fee charged for some activities,Picnic tables,Toilets,Drinking water,Parking
Fees $16 a night per campsite plus either a $5 per day or $20 annual permit
Permit Info: All daytime and overnight users of the campgorund and wilderness must have a permit which can be obtained from the Slyvania Entrance Station
Open Season: January
Usage: Medium-Heavy
Best Season: June-September
Busiest Season: July-August
Restrictions: Fees shown are for the summer recreation period when full services are provided. During the early spring and late fall when services are reduced the fees at some areas are not charged. Camping in a developed recreation site is allowed for a period not longer than 14 days, except as otherwise posted. After this time, you must move to another campground or dispersed site for at least 24 hours. Campers must occupy the site the first night. Eight people and 2 motorized vehicles are allowed per campsite with a maximum of one RV or camper trailer and two tents per camping site or three tents per camping site.
 
Closest Towns: Watersmeet, Mi., is 7 miles to the northeast and Ironwood, Mi., is 39 miles to the west.
Water: Drinking Water-Pressurized Faucets
Restroom: Pressurized & Accessible Vault Toilets and Showers
Passes: Golden Age/Interagency Senior Pass and Access Passes are accepted
Operated By: Campground operated by Lawn and Snow Outdoor Maintenance under a special use permit, 906-284-0206.
Information Center: The Sylvania Entrance Station provides information on the Campground and Wilderness Area The campground is operated by a private concessionaire under a special use permit. The concessionaire permitee is Lawn & Snow Outdoor Maintenance in Iron River, Mi. For additional information or questions about the campground please contact Lawn & Snow Outdoor Maintenance at 906-284-0206 or the local Ranger District. The Wilderness and Day Use areas are operated by the Forest Service.

General Information

Directions:

From Watersmeet, Mi., take US 2 west approximately 3 ½ miles to County Road 535, turn left onto County Road 535 and travel approximately 3 ½ miles to the Sylvania Wilderness Recreation Area entrance on left.


Parking:

Available at the Day Use/Beach area and carry down access landings


Accessibility:

Clark lake campground is accessible from paved roads that are maintained by State and County.


Activities


Camping & Cabins

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Campground Camping

Sylvania (Clark Lake) Campground is located 7 miles southwest of Watersmeet, Mi., adjacent to the 18,327 acre Sylvania Wilderness Area. This 48 site campground provides a home base for wilderness visitors who venture into the wilderness on day outings. Sylvania (Clark Lake) Campground provides more amenities than what is provided in the wilderness area. This campground consists of 4 camping loops with a total of 48 campsites and provides drive-in campsites that can accommodate tents, trailers and motor homes. All sites are spaced with natural vegetation for screening.  Each site offers a wood table, fire ring, lantern post and parking spur. Drinking water is provided by faucets in loops 2, 3, & 4, while two flush toilet facilities and one accessible vault toilet are evenly spaced throughout the campground. Also located adjacent to the campground is a day use facility that has showers, a picnic area, conoe access landings, trail heads and a swimming beach. Also located adjacent to the campground is a water and sewage dump station.

General Info:

Seasonal Information:
Directions:

From Watersmeet, Mi., take US 2 west approximately 3 ½ miles to County Road 535, turn left onto County Road 535 and travel approximately 3 ½ miles to the Sylvania Wilderness Recreation Area entrance on left.


Sleeping ShelterNo
Reservation Info No Reservations for the Campground
Fire Information Fire ring in each campsite
No. of Sites 48
No. of Accessible sites 0
Status: Open
Open Season: January-December
Fees: $16 a night for camping plus either a $5 per day or $20 annual permit
Reservation info: No Reservations for Campground
Permit required?: Y
Best Season: June-September
Hours of Operation: 24 hours a day.  Campground is self pay for camping.  Permits are to be purchased from Sylvania Entrance Station.  After hours arrivals will visit Sylvania Entrance Station the next morning for permit.
Difficulty Level: Easy to Intermediate

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Amenities

Boat ramp Two carry down access landings (Clark Lake & Crooked Lake). No Fee
Camping trailer 48 Sites
Toilets Flush toilets in restrooms located in loops 3 & 4 . An Accessible vault toilet is located in loop 1.
Accessible Vault toilet located in the campground
Picnic tables In each campsite
Fee charged for some activities $16 a night for camping plus either a $5 per day or $20 annual permit fee. Permits must be purchased from the Sylvania Entrance Station.
Parking Parking available in Day Use Area and carry down access landings.
Tent camping 48 Sites
Drinking water Pressurized faucets provide water to the restrooms and faucets located near campsites #16, 19, 25, 27, 33, 44, and 46 in loops 2, 3, & 4.