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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 AreaProtecting your flowage

The Turtle-Flambeau Scenic Waters Area offers the opportunity to camp and fish and enjoy the outdoors in a scenic wilderness type setting. The undisturbed wooded shorelines and islands are what make this area unique. Please help us protect the Flowage by considering the following concerns.


sunset © Dave Birren

  • Do not pound nails into trees; this damages the trees and could create a hazard for other campers or for maintenance crews.
  • Do not peal bark, carve the bark, or prune limbs of trees; damaging the bark will eventually kill the tree.
  • Set your tent on the leveled tent pad or in an opening away from trees. Too much traffic on tree roots near the ground surface will eventually kill the tree.
  • Hang your lantern away from tree trunks; heat will damage the trees bark.

Invasive Species

Exotic species are one of the biggest threats to our natural environment. You can help prevent introduction of invasives to the Flowage.

  • Do not bring firewood from outside the area.
  • Do not release live bait including worms, minnows, or crayfish into the environment.
  • Drain all water from your boat including live wells, bilges, and bait buckets before you leave any lake, river, or stream.
  • Do not transport any live fish away from a lake, river, or stream unless they are bait fish purchased from a bait dealer that have not been exposed to water from that water body.
  • Inspect your boat and trailer and remove all aquatic plants, animals, and mud before leaving any lake, river, or stream.
  • Spray/rinse your boat and equipment with hot and/or high pressure water or dry your equipment for 5 days before going to another water body.

The DNR, with volunteer help from the Turtle-Flambeau Flowage and Trude Lake Property Owners Association, is working to control purple loosestrife on the Flowage. If you observe purple loosestrife (or other invasive plants) please report the location. We will then remove the plants and monitor the location in the future.


driftwood with bird nest
© David Sladky

Driftwood provides valuable fish and wildlife habitat and adds to the unique character of the Flowage; it is rapidly disappearing through natural processes and from illegal harvest.

State law prohibits removal of driftwood from the property. We also ask that you not try to burn driftwood. Generally driftwood is water logged and does not burn well (even if it appears dry on the outside).

Last revised: Friday March 20 2020