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Backpacker Magazine – May 2000

The Otters Of Michigan's Sylvania Wilderness

You'll emerge from a forested hallway into a wilderness playroom, and there before you will be skidmarks in the snow.

by: Eric Hansen

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Getting There: From Watersmeet in far northwest Michigan, take US 2 west 4 miles to County Highway 535, then go south 4 miles to the trailhead.

Prime Time: February, March.

Guides: National Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Mammals, by John O. Whitaker Jr. (Knopf, 800-733-3000; $19).

Contact: Watersmeet Ranger District, Ottawa National Forest, (906) 358-4551; www.fs.fed.us/r9/ ottawa.


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