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Sylvania, 2009
by Exo

Trip Type: Paddling Canoe
Entry Date: 07/05/2009
Entry Point: Other
Exit Point: Other  
Number of Days: 8
Group Size: 1
Trip Introduction:
Warning: I wear out typewriters and my trip reports are LOOONG... This trip was something of a getaway for me, not having enough time to plan a trip in the BWCA. Initial planning included several days in Sylvania on my own, followed by a meet-up with friends. This would be my first time in Sylvania and certainly not my last time.
Day 1 of 8
Sunday, July 05, 2009

This is certainly not your BWCA or Q trip report. It does entail some intimacy with nature closer to home so I hope you enjoy your read and visit this gem, if only for a day-trip.

This trip began from the Milwaukee area, heading up the Sylvania. For those of you that haven't read up on Sylvania, it is an amazing wilderness area that spans an entire township; roughly 18,000 acres. The area was a playground for the rich, the primary owner being a logging baron. This was his hunting and fishing playground. It was also saved from the axes and saws that nearly clear- cut forests for hundreds of miles in every direction.

I arrived Sunday night at dusk and self-registered for one of the many motor loop sites in Sylvania near Clark Lake. The site was clean and I had no problem hearing the loons on Clark Lake, nor gathering firewood. A quick stop at a grocery store in Eagle River, WI on the way up yielded some pork chops. Those were cooked over the fire and I was washed up in no time for the evening.

A few adult beverages (the 12oz variety) around the campfire and some mental planning for tomorrow and I was in the tent in no time, falling asleep to the cries of the loons and some distant coyotes. However, I had to chase away a meandering raccoon from the campsite about 1am.