Sylvania Wilderness Area?
Posted by: old_user on Mar-27-08 1:12 AM (EST)
I am considering a trip to Sylvania sometime this year... I've done 7 or 8 BWCA trips and would like to try Sylvania. Besides the National Forest website there doesn't seem to be a whole lot of info out there. I'm curious what others have to say about it? How does it compare to the BWCA? I realize of course it's a lot smaller! How hard is it to get permits for summer weekends?
Thanks for any info!!
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Posted by: old_user on Mar-27-08 10:06 AM (EST)
I don't know if you're interested in fishing, but it is incredible. I grew up in Sayner, about 15 miles west of Eagle River, and my dad and I spent some great days over there.
Posted by: old_user on Mar-27-08 7:38 PM (EST)
Posted by: CEWilson on Mar-27-08 11:00 PM (EST)
Phil Siggelkow, of fond memory and formerly of Blackhawk Canoe led an industry gear eval trip there in the late 80's. A great, intimate, jewel of wilderness. Go id convenient.
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Posted by: KenE on Mar-28-08 7:51 AM (EST)
It does have great fishing but largely you can't keep what you catch. Special fishing regulations apply on all but Crooked Lake. Furthermore, the regulations change from lake to lake. Larger size limits apply, only artificial lures can be used, only barbless hooks can be used; and it's catch and release on the smallmouth bass.
Posted by: KenE on Mar-28-08 8:05 AM (EST)
The best source of information is Sylvania Wilderness Outfitter http://www.sylvaniaoutfitters.com/ BTW they are THE ONLY outfitter for Sylvania. They are good though and very helpful.
Posted by: old_user on Mar-30-08 12:34 PM (EST)
Have gone annually for 15 years now. 48 drive in sites to launch day trips and 50 wilderness sites spread over 8 lakes connected with a trail system.
Posted by: old_user on Apr-28-08 11:23 AM (EST)
I spent 5 nights there last summer...I would suggest making reservations ahead of time...some of the lakes are quite wonderful and most of the portages short and very well marked...finding your campsite from the water can be challenging but it's even MORE of a challenge finding some of them backpacking...
Posted by: old_user on Jun-22-08 9:07 AM (EST)
Not sure how dated the fishing advice is on this thread, but when I was there in October 2006 it wasn't even worth schlepping my gear across the portages as we only caught a few small mouths in the outer lakes. Talking to a local guy who was fishing Clark Lake at our take-out, he told us that's the only lake worth fishing. If eagle sightings are your thing, though, you won't be disappointed as they're everywhere.
Posted by: old_user on Oct-06-08 2:43 PM (EST)
well it's not the great slave run but it is a sweet little spot. I've always had good experiences altho it is somewhat dated now. I've also had good luck fly fishing for small mouths and I always catch & release anyway. Campsites were always rested, had nice views, and were in good shape. Good eagle sitings and appreciated loons at night. try it out.
Posted by: old_user on Sep-08-09 11:45 AM (EST)
The fishing in Sylvania is ALWAYS fantastic! We have been taking our family there for 7 years now and we have never been disappointed. A 6 inch rubber worm on a barbless hook = tired shoulders at the end of the day. Last year my son and I caught more than 200 largemouths and smallmouths in 3 days. The largest was 23 inches.
Campsites in Sylvania Wilderness|
Posted by: old_user on Jan-03-10 8:07 PM (EST)
Four of us will be canoeing / camping in the Sylvania Widerness next August. We are currently planning on spending about 3 nights on Loon Lake and 3 nights on either Crooked or Mountain Lake. We will be making reservations ahead of time. Can anyone recommend any specific campsites on these lakes or any other suggestions? We spent a week on Isle Royale last August and are looking for less portaging and spending more than one night in the same site.
Posted by: Beaverjack on Mar-15-10 8:51 PM (EST)
Posted by: old_user on Jun-14-10 1:27 PM (EST)
I've been going to Sylvania for 9+ years. The best part about Sylvania is that very few people know about it. In my opinion, the best fishing lake in Sylvania is Crooked Lake, which is known for its countless bays and channels. Crooked Lake is a fish factory! Fish the weed beds for huge pan fish, bass, and crappie. I've even caught some Northern Pike from time to time.