Turtle-Flambeau Flowage History
Iron County, Wisconsin, filled with wonderful scenery and rich iron mining heritage, is an excellent choice to spend a week or weekend exploring all this area has to offer.
The Chippewa and Flambeau Improvement Company created the Turtle-Flambeau Flowage in 1926 with the damming of the Turtle and Flambeau Rivers. The dam, built to generate energy for the Flambeau Paper Corporation, located 20 miles to the south, created a body of water 19,000 acres in size, encompassing 15 lakes, three rivers, and several creeks.
The State of Wisconsin has acquired ownership of over 23,000 acres (95%) of the land surrounding the flowage, including 114 miles of shoreline and 195 islands, ensuring that the Turtle-Flambeau Flowage will remain one of the largest wilderness waters in Wisconsin. The Turtle-Flambeau Flowage is truly the Crown Jewel of Wisconsin!
Walleye: The famous Turtle Flambeau Flowage, (19,000 acres of water) is rated by the Wisconsin D.N.R. as having one of the best walleye populations per acre of water in the state. Laid out with open mud flat areas, miles and miles of river channels, log jams, rock, and sand shorelines, submerged as well as visible stump fields, hundreds of center lake rock and mud humps, back bays, islands, bogs and numerous weed beds make for excellent fish habitat.
Snow blanketed forests filled with the sights and sounds of the Wisconsin Northwoods is what allures many snowmobilers to Iron County. Boasting nearly 200 inches of snow annually and over 450 miles of meticulously groomed trails are great reasons to set your sights on this beautiful county for your next riding adventure. Riders can also experience the mining heritage of days gone by with the many remnants of how Iron County received its name.