Watersmeet MI in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan


Watersmeet, MI


Watersmeet, Michigan offers 302 lakes and 241 miles of trout streams. Watersmeet is a true water wonderland with a number of waters actually meeting here: the Ontonagon River flows north into Lake Superior, the Wisconsin River flows south into the Mississippi River, and the Paint River flows east into Lake Michigan.

Watersmeet Lodging and Businesses
Including lodging on the Cisco Chain & Lac Vieux Desert

Watersmeet is centrally located in the Ottawa National Forest. Opportunities for camping, canoeing, fishing, and hunting are unlimited. There are ten National Forest campgrounds in the local area available for spring, summer, and fall camping. A very special part of the Ottawa National Forest is the Sylvania Wilderness, an area seven miles southeast of Watersmeet that abounds in lakes and virgin forests.

Sylvania Recreation Area - Lying along the northerly edge of Sylvania Wilderness is a recreation area designed to welcome and accommodate those who enjoy an outdoor experience with a variety of services. Included is a 48 unit drive-in campground, beach, picnic area, information/registration station, showers, and boat landings on Clark, Crooked and Long Lakes.

Sylvania Wilderness - For the more adventurous, the 19,000 acre Sylvania Wilderness lies waiting to be discovered. It is known for its unique fishing, sparkling clear waters, majestic scenery, and back country camping. Transportation throughout the Wilderness is by foot or canoe, with motorized boats allowed only on Crooked Lake.


Special fishing and camping rules apply in Sylvania and can be obtained, along with more information about the Ottawa, by contacting the District Ranger, Watersmeet, Michigan 49969, phone (906) 358-4551.

The Cisco Chain of Lakes is made up of fifteen lakes with over 271 miles of scenic shoreline. Boat trips of fifty miles or more, the many islands, and excellent fishing for walleyes, northerns, muskies, bass, and panfish lure visitors back year after year. The current state record musky was caught here on Thousand Island Lake in 1980.

Friendly Winters

Of the 40 miles of cross country ski trails located in the immediate Watersmeet area, 20 miles are groomed by the local ski touring center in cooperation with the Ottawa National Forest. The other 20 miles of ski trails in Sylvania are not machine groomed. Skiers alone keep these trails packed - peace and solitude are the result. Cross country skiers throughout the midwest are attracted to these natural wilderness trails.

Separate snowmobile trails traverse the vast Ottawa National Forest connecting every town in the Western Upper Peninsula with the trails in northern Wisconsin. Two of the major routes cross at Watersmeet.

Bond Falls

Bond Falls on the Ontonagon River

Bond Falls is one of the most spectacular waterfalls in the Upper Peninsula and is a delightful place to visit. The falls drops in two sections as the river rushes through the forest land. 10 miles north of Watersmeet on US-45 and 3.5 miles east on Bond Falls Road. One of the most beautiful waterfalls in the Upper Peninsula. A new road leads to a parking area near the bottom of the falls where a boardwalk offers a variety of viewing areas. Hiking trails and picnic area.

Bond Falls Flowage, just above Bond Falls on Bond Falls Road, is a delight for boaters and anglers of all ages. The road to the boat ramp is just before you get to Bond Falls.

For those who want to spend the day by the water, the Bond Falls Flowage Park is just past the Bond Falls Outpost. Nice sandy swimming beach with a playground, volleyball net, picnic tables, and grills. A delightful spot to spend a summer day.

The Ottawa National Forest Visitor Center, located on Highway US-2 just east of the intersection with US-45, has interesting exhibits and a wonderful gift shop with unusual items, clothing, and books. The helpful staff is happy to provide all sorts of area information. Enjoy the summer programs at the Ottawa National Forest Visitor Center on Thursday evenings at 7 pm from the beginning of June through the end of August.

Explore the mysterious Paulding Light that rises slowly out of the forest and hovers for a few minutes. This mystery light can be seen almost every evening as darkness falls. Go 4 miles north of Watersmeet on US-45 and turn west on Robbins Pond Road. There are many interesting explanations and legends for this unusual light.

Waterfalls: Visit beautiful Agate Falls: Highway M-28, 7 miles east of Bruce Crossing in the Roadside Park. There are several exciting waterfalls in the Ottawa National Forest. Stop at the Visitor Center in Watersmeet for information and directions.

Watersmeet Township School, Home of the Watersmeet Nimrods, N-4720 Highway US-45, P. O. Box 217, Watersmeet, MI 49969. Phone: 906-358-4555. Nimrod gear available.


Watersmeet Lodging and Businesses
Including lodging on the Cisco Chain & Lac Vieux Desert

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