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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 AreaWater Levels

Current water levels are available on the Xcel Energy website [exit DNR].


fisherman dock
DNR Photo

Chippewa and Flambeau Improvement Company (CFIC) is a private corporation created by the legislature in 1911 for the purpose of building, maintaining, and operating dams and reservoirs on the Chippewa and Flambeau Rivers and their tributaries. The law directs the Company to produce as nearly a uniform flow of water as practicable in the Chippewa and Flambeau Rivers, by storing in reservoirs surplus water for discharge when the water supply is low, to improve the usefulness of the rivers for all public purposes, and to reduce flood damage.

CFIC constructed the Turtle Dam creating the Turtle-Flambeau Flowage in 1926 and they continue to own and operate the dam as directed by state statute. A Memorandum of Understanding [PDF] between CFIC and the Department of Natural Resources guides dam operations.

Last revised: Friday March 20 2020