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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.
What's New

The Town of Mercer achieves Bird City [exit DNR] status in part due to the habitat found in the Turtle-Flambeau Scenic Waters Area.

Northwoods Amendments


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 Area

Flowage Scene

DNR photo.

COVID-19 Update

Wisconsin state park system properties are operating 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. seven days a week. Most campgrounds are open with special conditions.

An annual park sticker or trail pass is required to visit state parks and trails. Buy before you go: annual and daily passes are NOT available for purchase at individual properties.

Office buildings, visitor centers, observation towers and playgrounds remain closed. For more information, please see:

Properties may be limiting admission based on capacity. Please make sure to seek out current property information on our website before visiting:

Undisturbed, wooded shorelines and islands offer the opportunity to boat, camp, fish and enjoy the outdoors in wild and rugged northern Wisconsin. Spread across 40,000 acres in Iron County, the Turtle-Flambeau Scenic Waters Area offers remote campsites accessible by water only.

Location and directions

The Turtle-Flambeau Scenic Waters Area is located in southern Iron County in far northern Wisconsin. Access from the south is via either U.S. Highway 51 or State Highway 13; access points are off State Highway 182 on the south side of the property or County Highway FF to the north. The property office is located on Highway 51 at the DNR Ranger Station in Mercer.


Recreational Opportunities

  • Hunting
  • Trapping
  • Hiking
  • Camping
  • Cross-country skiing
  • Snowmobiling (designated trails only)
  • Auto tour
  • Wildlife viewing
  • Fishing - walleye, muskellunge, northern pike, smallmouth bass, largemouth bass, lake sturgeon, panfish
  • Bird watching
  • Canoeing/Kayaking
  • Snowshoeing


Management objectives

The Turtle-Flambeau Scenic Waters Area is managed with direction from a master plan developed in 1995. The goal of the plan is to implement management practices that will perpetuate the natural character of the Flowage's shoreline. Top priorities are to preserve its scenic qualities and protect its plant and animal communities. The Department is also striving to preserve the quality and wealth of outdoor recreational opportunities including fishing, hunting, camping, nature observation, trapping, boating, and canoeing.

Turtle-Flambeau Scenic Waters Area Master Plan & Environmental Assessment [PDF]


Picture Gallery

We've compiled pictures of the Turtle-Flambeau Scenic Waters Area.

thumbnail: Opening Day of Fishing Season thumbnail: family campsite thumbnail: aerial view thumbnail: aerial view thumbnail: moose on the Flowage thumbnail: aerial view thumbnail: angler thumbnail: canoeing thumbnail: exploring the shore at low water thumbnail: enjoying the day thumbnail: bench at Turtle Point thumbnail: ice fishing thumbnail: sitting around the campfire thumbnail: playing cards at the campsite thumbnail: Sunning on Jarvey's Rock thumbnail: group campsite thumbnail: family campsite thumbnail: candlelight ski event thumbnail: voyageur canoe thumbnail: caspian tern thumbnail: checking out the kiosk thumbnail: dock at Fisherman's Landing thumbnail: great blue heron thumbnail: grouse hunting thumbnail: one of many islands thumbnail: Island Lake thumbnail: Learn to Hunt Event at the Little Turtle thumbnail: loon thumbnail: Loon Day 2007 thumbnail: Loon Day 2008 thumbnail: loon watchers thumbnail: facilities at Murray's Landing thumbnail: muskellunge thumbnail: Hidden Rivers Trail thumbnail: Hidden Rivers Trail thumbnail: Hidden Rivers Trail thumbnail: Hidden Rivers Trail thumbnail: Hidden Rivers Trail thumbnail: Natural Resource Foundation Tour thumbnail: Natural Resource Foundation Tour thumbnail: ruffed grouse thumbnail: caught a bluegill thumbnail: cross-country skiers thumbnail: deer in velvet thumbnail: bald eagles thumbnail: sunset thumbnail: loons in the mist thumbnail: quiet reading thumbnail: cooling off thumbnail: misty morning thumbnail: reflections thumbnail: old tree stumps thumbnail: paddling thumbnail: canoe and kayak at rest thumbnail: red sky at night thumbnail: misty sunrise thumbnail: cloud reflections thumbnail: cloud reflections 2 thumbnail: rising moon thumbnail: lilly pads thumbnail: orange sunset thumbnail: golden sunrise thumbnail: a black bear takes to the water thumbnail: nesting in driftwood thumbnail: swans taking off thumbnail: snowmobiling thumbnail: sign at Springstead Landing thumbnail: Stewardship funds used to purchase land thumbnail: sunset over the water thumbnail: campers thumbnail: Turtle dam thumbnail: voyageur canoes thumbnail: wild area thumbnail: Big Island Bridge thumbnail: walking the trail across Big Island Bridge thumbnail: Turtle Falls thumbnail: View From the Canoe 1 thumbnail: From the Canoe 2 thumbnail: rocks thumbnail: old stumps thumbnail: Snowshoeing on Big Island thumbnail: 2006 Fish Crib Project thumbnail: canoe at campsite thumbnail: Sunset thumbnail: sunset thumbnail: swimming bear thumbnail: Deadhorse Trail Kiosk thumbnail: Deadhorse Trail Interpretive Sign thumbnail: Deadhorse Trail Interpretive Sign thumbnail: Sunburst thumbnail: Wavy Sunset thumbnail: Swimming Deer thumbnail: Suddle Sunset thumbnail: Sandpiper thumbnail: Sandhill Cranes thumbnail: Porcupine thumbnail: Pickerel Weed thumbnail: Osprey on Trude Lake thumbnail: Wind Surfing thumbnail: Morning Mist thumbnail: Red Squirrel thumbnail: Autumn Colors thumbnail: Loafing Turtle thumbnail: Flowage Deer thumbnail: Early Evening thumbnail: Canada Goose Family thumbnail: Brisk Summer Eve thumbnail: Northern Water Snake a pair of white admiral butterflies american toad Bryophyte attached to a log eastern gray treefrog inside tree cavity juvenile mink laying low keeper crappies for the frying pan great blue heron on a foggy morning nature trail buck turtle dam Turtle Flambeau sign beaver dam beaver lodge eagle nest horsetails paddle boaters bald eagle pileated woodpecker tree frog mayfly canada geese big snapper pair of common loons white tailed water buck eagles common loon flexible loon swimming otter Ring-Billed Gull bonapart's gull wading doe triple flags great blue heron woodpecker loon mallard hen with brood swimming muskie pleasant reflection sandhill cranes loon calling acting loony wing check sandhill crane loon juvenile bald eagle heaven's gate winter cattails catching some wind prepping for the race racing the regatta regatta racers sunrise nice catch scenic flowage 50 inch muskie nice looking island another muskie orange sunset purple wonder northern water snake tiger muskie

Thank you David Sladky, James Keating, Jonathan Beers, Bob Stoffs, Randy Payne, Dave Birren, Don and Theresa Ladubec, Roger Jasinski, Melissa Van Drie, Josh Kamrowski, Bill Pohlmann, Amanda Griggs, the Weber Family, Craig and Linda Rupp, Heather Palmquist, and Ferdy Goode for submitting pictures for our gallery.



Additional information about the Turtle-Flambeau Scenic Waters Area:
Turtle-Flambeau Flowage & Trude Lake Property Owners Association [exit DNR]
Turtle-Flambeau Flowage Association [exit DNR]
Mercer Chamber of Commerce [exit DNR] (current snowmobile trail conditions)
5150 N Hwy 51
Mercer, WI 54547
715-476-2389 or email
715-476-7669 (24-hour Snow Reports December-March)
Last revised: Monday June 22 2020