Turtle-Flambeau Flowage

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Turtle-Flambeau Flowage
Turtle-Flambeau Flowage.JPG
View of the Turtle-Flambeau Flowage, looking Southwest from Fisherman's Landing
Location Iron County, Wisconsin,
United States
Coordinates 46°5′N 90°13′W / 46.083°N 90.217°W / 46.083; -90.217Coordinates: 46°5′N 90°13′W / 46.083°N 90.217°W / 46.083; -90.217
Basin countries United States
Surface area 12,942 acres (5,237 ha) (39.4 sq. km)
Max. depth 50 ft (15 m)
Islands Big Island, plus many others
Settlements Mercer, Butternut

The Turtle-Flambeau Flowage is a 12,942 acre lake, located in Iron County, Wisconsin.[1] It has a maximum depth of 50 feet. Fish include Musky, Panfish, Largemouth Bass, Smallmouth Bass, Northern Pike, Walleye and Sturgeon. The lake's water clarity is low.[2]

History[edit]

The Turtle-Flambeau Flowage was created in 1926 when the Chippewa and Flambeau Improvement Company built a dam on the Flambeau River downstream from its confluence with the Turtle River. The dam flooded 16 natural lakes and formed an impoundment of approximately 14,000 acres.[3]

The flowage was constructed as a reservoir to augment river flows and sustain hydroelectric plants operated downstream by electric utilities and paper mills. The dam also provided flood protection and created a unique recreational resource.[4]

Tourism[edit]

The Turtle-Flambeau Flowage is a major destination of summer tourism. Visitors have access to the lake from four public boat landings.[5] Camping, hunting, and fishing are also popular activities. The Turtle-Flambeau Scenic Waters Area offers 60 remote campsites accessible by water only. These sites are available year-round on a first-come, first-served basis. There is no camping fee, but camping on the flowage is restricted to designated sites.[6]

Historically, many lakeside resorts have existed in the vicinity of the flowage. However, today much of the shoreline remains sparsely developed.[7]

Management[edit]

Some lake management activities are undertaken by the Turtle-Flambeau Flowage & Trude Lake Property Owners Association, Inc.[8]

See also[edit]

List of lakes in Wisconsin

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Wisconsin DNR website". Retrieved 19 May 2013. 
  2. ^ "Wisconsin DNR website". Retrieved 19 May 2013. 
  3. ^ "Wisconsin Natural Resources article". Retrieved 19 May 2013. 
  4. ^ "Wisconsin Natural Resources article". Retrieved 19 May 2013. 
  5. ^ "Wisconsin DNR website". Retrieved 19 May 2013. 
  6. ^ "Wisconsin Natural Resources article". Retrieved 19 May 2013. 
  7. ^ "Wisconsin Natural Resources article". Retrieved 19 May 2013. 
  8. ^ "Owners Association website". Retrieved 19 May 2013.