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Chippewa Flowage
15,300 acres of premier fishing in Sawyer County.
Lower Wisconsin State Riverway
over 92 miles of natural and scenic roverway.
Turtle-Flambeau Scenic Waters Area
scenic beauty and wild character in Iron County.
Willow Flowage Scenic Waters Area
an island studded reservoir with truly wild flavor.
Wild Rivers
protected free-flowing rivers.
location in Wisconsin
Contact information
For information on the Turtle-Flambeau Scenic Waters Area, contact:
Property Manager
Dept of Natural Resources
5291 N. Statehouse Circle
Mercer, Wisconsin 54547
715-476-7846 (office)
715-614-5120 (cell)

Turtle-Flambeau Scenic Waters AreaNature and wildlife viewing

The Turtle-Flambeau Scenic Waters Area offers an abundance of opportunities for those wishing to observe wildlife either on the water or in the backcountry.

wing check

wing check. © Bill Pohlmann

Nature watch tips

Tools of the trade
box  Binoculars and cameras with long lenses safely bring you close to wildlife without disturbing them.
box  Field guides and hand lenses open up new vistas in knowledge and ways of seeing.
Time, place, & season
box  Watch at sunrise and sunset and check edges of habitats for the best views of wildlife.
box  Spring and summer bring the wonder of new life. Lend wildlife a helping hand by avoiding nests and animals with young.
Move gently through wild homes
box  Observe wildlife behaving naturally. Feeding human food to wild animals can harm them and endanger you.
box  Celebrate a wildflower on the stem, not in the hand. Stay on trails, walk with a careful step and flowers will flourish.
box  Savor watching fish in their natural habitat; move quietly, slowly and avoid repeated visits.


The Turtle-Flambeau Scenic Waters Area encompasses nearly 37,000 acres and a wide variety of wildlife habitats. There are large expanses of open water, hundreds of scattered islands and many quiet bays in the Turtle-Flambeau Flowage; surrounding woodlands vary from steeply rolling hills to level terrain; there are grassy openings, small wild lakes and ponds, and expansive wetlands. The woodlands consist primarily of aspen, northern hardwoods and white birch with scattered old growth hemlock and pine.

The Flowage, known for its high density of bald eagles, osprey, and common loons is also home to black terns, merlins, trumpeter swans, and over 150 other bird species. In addition, a variety of reptiles, amphibians and mammals, including deer, bear, bobcat, and timber wolves are found here. There have even been occasional sightings of moose.

Many opportunities exist to observe and enjoy wildlife in a remote and wild setting. Approach wildlife slowly and quietly and be particularly careful not to disturb nesting birds or animals with small young.

Last revised: Friday March 20 2020