About the Watersmeet, Michigan area


Cisco Chain of Lakes…..

The famous Cisco Chain of Lakes has fifteen interconnected lakes with over 270 miles of scenic shoreline.  Three of those lakes border both Michigan and Wisconsin.  We invite you to come enjoy the beautiful scenery and excellent fishing and boating.  The Cisco Chain and other area lakes provide great fishing for walleye, northern, silver and tiger musky, small-mouth and large-mouth  bass, trout, cisco and a variety of panfish including bluegill, perch and crappie.  Thousand Island Lake produced the state record silver musky.  Wildlife abounds on this peaceful chain.  Fabulous summer scenery, spectacular fall colors, awesome snowfalls, and spring’s awakening of the northwoods will ring you back time after time.  In any season, resort facilities range from modest cabins to deluxe homes to suit all visitors to this scenic area of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.

Ottawa National Forest…..

Watersmeet is located in the center of the Ottawa National Forest.  Opportunities for camping, hiking, canoeing, fishing, and hunting are unlimited.   Ten national forest campgrounds are available in the Watersmeet area for spring, summer, and fall camping.  The Ottawa Visitor Center is open to the public daily for area visitor information and informative exhibits, interpretative programs, and a gift shop.

Sylvania Recreation Area…..

Sylvania, once enjoyed by the rich and famous, is now operated by the U.S. Forest Service as part of the Ottawa National Forest.  A 48-unit campground, information and recreation station, pavilion with showers, beach and picnic area and boat landings on Clark, Crooked, and Long Lakes allow you to camp, picnic, hike, or swim and be adjacent to the Sylvania Wilderness.

Sylvania Wilderness…..

Leave your motors and wheels behind and enjoy the solitude of this fantastic 19,000-acre wilderness area.  Many of the lakes are connected by portages, and campsites have been established.  Known for it’s virgin forests and pristine lakes, Sylvania has special rules and regulations in place to protect its fragile environment.  The hiking trails and forests are great for exploring.  Enjoy fishing, hunting, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing.  Sylvania is Mother Nature’s year-round playground.

Lac Vieux Desert…..

Lac Vieux Desert is the headwaters of the Wisconsin River and proud home of the world record tiger musky.  This beautiful 4,200-acre boundary lake is nestled between the Ottawa and Nicolet National Forests for all to enjoy.  Both Michigan and Wisconsin licenses are legal here.  Anglers return year after year to fish for both silver and tiger musky, walleye, northern pike, small and largemouth bass and panfish.  Watersports, hunting, winter sports, good times and relaxation are right at your doorstep when you visit Lac Vieux Desert.  Year round accommodations vary from camping to housekeeping cabins to deluxe American plan resorts.

Winter Recreation…..

Forty miles of cross-country ski trails weave through the immediate Watersmeet area.  Twenty miles of these trails are groomed by the local ski touring center in cooperation with the Ottawa National Forest. Motorized grooming is not permitted in the Sylvania Wilderness, but skiers alone keep these trails tracked.  Peace and solitude are the result.  Skiers throughout the midwest are attracted to these natural wilderness trails.

Historically, Watersmeet was the railroad hub for the upper peninsula.  Now it is the snowmobiling hub connecting every town in the western U.P. with trails in northern Wisconsin.  Abandoned railroad beds are now snowmobile and ATV trails.  Our local snowmobile club does a wonderful job of maintaining our vast snowmobile trail system.

With snow covering the ground here from November until April, winter sports enthusiasts love our magnificent winters.  Located about an hour’s drive from several downhill ski hills, we have it all! Snowmobile, ice fishing, ski, snowshoe, sled, sightsee, or just relax.  Do a little or do a lot.  Watersmeet is a true winter playground with accommodations ranging from motels; hotels and a casino resort to cabins, cottages, and vacation homes.  You’ll long remember the breathtaking winter scenery and peacefulness here.

For snowmobile trail conditions in the Watersmeet area please call 906-358-9961 or view online at Snow Tracks – CLICK HERE.