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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 AreaCross-Country Skiing and Snowshoeing

The Turtle-Flambeau Scenic Waters Area offers many miles of hiking trails and old logging roads that are open to cross-country skiing and snowshoeing; these trails are not groomed but do offer opportunities to explore the back country. Hidden Rivers Nature Trail, although not groomed, is a great place to enjoy winter scenery and wildlife on skis or snowshoes.

DNR Photo

The MECCA Cross-Country Ski Club maintains a groomed cross-country trail on the property. This Club trail is open to cross-country skiing, skijoring, and snowshoeing.

Cross-country ski trail conditions.

MECCA Trails

The MECCA Cross-Country Ski Club grooms 28 km for skating and classical skiing. Snowshoeing and skijoring are allowed only on untracked (skating) portions of the trail.

The Little Turtle trailhead is located off Popko Circle East in the Little Turtle Waterfowl Management area. The Cabin trailhead is located south of Mercer on town of Mercer lands off Beachway Drive. The heated log cabin at this trailhead offers a changing room, sitting area, and wood stove. Hot beverages, cookies, and water are available for purchase. Portable toilets are located at both trailheads. A warming shack sits at the midway point along the Little Turtle River.

candlelight skiing
DNR Photo

To Little Turtle Parking: Take Highway 51 north through Mercer to Cty. FF (about 1 mile north of town). Turn left onto Popko Circle East Rd. At about two miles, turn left onto Joe's Shack Rd. At about ¾ mile on the right will be the road in to the parking area.

To Cabin Parking: On Highway 51 at the south end of Mercer, turn onto Beachway Dr. (across from Subway). Stay to the left of the cemetery and follow signs to the MECCA trailhead.

Volunteers perform all the trail maintenance and grooming. All funds to purchase and maintain grooming equipment, maintain the cabin, warming shack, and toilets are obtained through donations. Donation boxes and trail maps are located at both trailheads.

For more information, including a trail map [exit DNR], see the MECCA Cross-Country Ski Club website [exit DNR].

Last revised: Friday March 20 2020