Sylvania (Clark Lake) Campground

Area Status: Closed
This area is Closed

Sign for Clark Lake Campground

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.


  • Sylvania Wilderness Map
  • Clarks Lake Campground Map


At a Glance

Operational Hours: 24 hours – self pay
Reservations: Reservations are accepted for 24 sites. Twenty-four (24) first come, first served sites are also available. Reservation -
  • Reservations can be made up to 6 months in advance of visit.
  • Reservations must be made at least 3 days in advance of visit.
  • Go to: or call 1-877-444-6777 to make a reservation.
Area Amenities: Accessible,Boat ramp,Tent camping,Camping trailer,Fee charged for some activities,Picnic tables,Toilets,Drinking water,Parking
Fees $18 a night per campsite without electrical hook-ups $23 a night per campsite with electrical hook-ups plus either a $5 per day or $30 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: May 24 - Sep 30
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 no services are provided 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: Northwoods Property Management under a special use permit. Contact Chase Erickson at 906-396-5428.
Information Center: The day use area is managed by the Ottawa National Forest. For more information or questions please contact the Watersmeet – Iron River Ranger District at 906-358-4724.

General Information


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.


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


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


Camping & Cabins

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Clark Lake Campground Day Use area provides a large picknicking area with several tables and grills.  It is co-located with the beach and next to the Day Use Building.

No. of Accessible Sites0
Fire InformationOutdoor grills
No. of Sites5
Reservation InfoNo Reservations
Status: Open
Permit required?: Y
Hours of Operation: The day use area is open from 6am - 10pm daily
Difficulty Level: Easy

Water Activities

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Picnic tables In each campsite
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.
Toilets Flush toilets in restrooms located in loops 3 & 4 . An Accessible vault toilet is located in loop 1.
Parking Parking available in Day Use Area and carry down access landings.
Boat ramp Two carry down access landings (Clark Lake & Crooked Lake). No Fee
Fee charged for some activities $18 a night for camping plus either a $5 per day or $30 annual permit fee. Permits must be purchased from the Sylvania Entrance Station.
Tent camping 48 Sites
Accessible Vault toilet located in the campground
Camping trailer 48 Sites