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As the sun's early morning rays slip over the horizon, glancing off the waters of the Turtle-Flambeau Flowage, the world slowly awakens from the silent beauty of the Wisconsin night. Loons, ospreys and bald eagles dive into the crystal blue waters of the flowage in search of a tasty fish for their breakfast. Pairs of mallards swim together along the water. Deer, beaver and even the occasional moose or timber wolf roam through the forest. Tall stands of pine, aspen and birch trees line the shoreline, standing like sentinels guarding the peace and tranquility of this truly extraordinary place. Fishermen begin to mobilize their supplies and boats for a day of fabulous fishing on the clear, calm lake surface. The lake comes alive as the day begins.
Located near the cities of Springstead and Mercer in north-central Wisconsin, the Turtle Flambeau Flowage, or Flambeau Flowage, has managed to retain its natural peace and tranquility against the odds of ever increasing development. With nineteen thousand (19,000) acres of surface area and a little over two hundred (200) miles of shoreline, Flambeau Flowage is an ideal spot to escape the heat and crowds of big Midwestern cities. In fact, cities such as Chicago, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Madison and Milwaukee are all within easy driving distance from the Turtle Flambeau Flowage.
Today, approximately 80% of the flowage is state-owned with numerous free, public campsites. Camping is only permitted on specifically designated sites and is available on a first come-first serve basis. Camping is a year-round activity here at the Turtle-Flambeau Flowage; however, if you plan to camp in summer, be sure to arrive early in the day in order to secure your spot. Campsites fill up quickly, especially on weekends and without a reservation system, it can be truly difficult to grab a spot. Each campsite is equipped with a steel fire ring for the perfect Wisconsin campfire under the stars.
While most of the lake is state owned, the private lots here are highly desirable for those seeking a second vacation home or a terrific investment possibility. The beautiful tranquility of this place will be preserved for generations to come, making it the perfect spot for those seeking a true respire from the outside world. Boating, hunting, trapping, canoeing, kayaking and camping are among the many outstanding recreational opportunities in and around Turtle-Flambeau Flowage. Numerous islands and a complicated lake bottom structure make the flowage a great spot for avid fishermen. While the many sandbars, floating logs and channels of the flowage make it excellent for fishing, motor-boating and water-skiing are definitely not advisable on the waters of Turtle-Flambeau Flowage. With motorized boating restrictions, Turtle Flambeau Flowage continues to retain a peace and tranquility that is uncommon in today's modern age.
The Turtle-Flambeau Flowage came into existence in 1926 when the Chippewa and Flambeau Improvement Company constructed a dam on the Flambeau River. The river waters helped to generate power for downstream hydroelectric plants. The flowage served as a reservoir for this system and ultimately encompassed nine lakes, three rivers and numerous creeks. Knowing that the creation this dam would result in the loss of several area resorts, an offer was made to the resort owners to receive new land or cash settlements to compensate them for their losses. While some resort owners rebuilt, others chose to close their resorts, opting to instead receive a sizeable cash settlement instead. Today, as a result of this history, the shorelines of Turtle-Flambeau Flowage remain relatively undeveloped compared to other area lakes. Careful preservation of the wildlife and shoreline by interested citizen and government groups has helped to protect this unique and beautiful area. The state-owned portions of the flowage are operated by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.
For years, the Turtle-Flambeau Flowage has been a destination for avid anglers and outdoorsmen. Most notorious of all its visitors is John Dillinger, one of the most famous Chicagoan gangsters. Legend has it that after his release from prison, Dillinger travelled to the flowage to fish numerous times after his release from prison. Before hunting, be sure to check for restrictions to ensure that you are complying with requirements for permits and appropriate seasons. Ecology and preservation are an integral part of the experience here at Turtle-Flambeau Flowage and visitors are encouraged to leave the campsites in as pristine a condition as they find them. With the emphasis on nature and preservation, Turtle-Flambeau Flowage is a great opportunity to teach younger generations about the importance of environmental protection.
If you seek solitude, tranquility and breath-taking natural beauty, be sure to take a look at all the Turtle-Flambeau Flowage has to offer. Moments of reflection and inspiration await you here on the waters of the Turtle-Flambeau Flowage. Come and experience all this extraordinary place has to offer.
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