Posted by: old_user on Jan-04-11 2:15 PM (EST)
I have planning a trip for the Sylvania Wildernes for early May, prior to the May 15th start of the season, and date that you can/have to reserve campsites. Has anyone paddle in Sylvania at this time of year that can provide details of likely conditons, and provide information about how many paddlers are likely to be encountered; will I likely run into competition for available campsites? Thanks in advance....
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Posted by: MarkK on Jan-04-11 5:34 PM (EST)
Wife and I were there this past early Oct. Basically had the place to ourselves. Even in the car campground there were not more then 2 campers (also, some of the car campgrounds were closed for the season). I'd imagine that would be pretty much true in early May given that no permits are needed. If the crowds warranted permits they'd issue them. Call the ranger station in Watersmeet. They are very helpful people. Also, I've been in the BWCA in May and except for the fishing opener weekend it is real quiet.
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Posted by: markmorrall on Jan-11-11 4:57 PM (EST)
May is very early spring in Sylvania. Call the Forest Service or Sylvania Outfitters for ice conditions before you go. You’ll pretty much have the place to yourself. You may see a couple paddlers out for a day trip but very few people will be camping at the remote lake sites.
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Posted by: beaverjack on Feb-08-11 8:01 PM (EST)
The U.P. can be very tempermental with its weather, particularly early and late in the season. Try to give yourself a window of opportunity for your trip. My wife and I had to leave Sylvania early and head for the protection of the Porkies a couple of years ago. A big ol' front with 60 MPH winds came in off Superior and we were camper bound for 3 days. That week was pretty much a washout. A fickle place, especially in the marginal months.
Posted by: old_user on Feb-21-11 12:07 PM (EST)
Posted by: agongos on Apr-30-11 9:21 AM (EST)
I live about an hour west. There's still ice on our big lakes this year. Keep in touch with email & I'll let you know when it;s gone.