Birding in Mercer, WI at Turtle Flambeau Flowage

Turtle Flambeau Flowage for Bird Watching or Birding in Mercer City- Iron County, WI (Northwest Wisconsin)

The state-owned, 18,000-acre Turtle Flambeau Flowage is a pristine blend of woods and water. It is home to the eagle, osprey, ruffed grouse, and loon. Summer provides long, glorious days of bright yellow sunshine that glitters off the dancing waves while bluebirds soar over head, butterflies flutter about, and curious black bears poke about.

Diverse stands of northern hardwoods, early successional aspen and birch, boreal conifers, white pine and hemlock, and open bogs provide habitat for almost all birds you would expect to find in northern Wisconsin. The spring warbler migration can include many different species and high numbers of birds. Even some of the grassland sparrows can be found in the sedge meadows and patterned bog adjacent to the Flowage.

Turtle-Flambeau Flowage Scenic Waters Area is an area rich in diversity of wildlife habitats. Shorebirds and migratory waterfowl use the flowage as a breeding and staging area as they pass through the state. Nesting waterfowl include mallards, wood ducks, hooded mergansers, ring-necked ducks, and Canada geese.

In addition to the many birds, the flowage is also home to deer, bear, raccoon, fisher, beaver, otter, and other furbearers as well as many species of reptiles and amphibians. On rare occasions, timber wolves and moose are sighted here. Birds associated with water , like loons, osprey, and eagles, receive the most attention from visitors. This is a great place to get out in a boat or canoe and see some of Wisconsin's rarer birds, including merlins.


Turtle Flambeau Flowage Association
Mercer, WI 54547
United States
715-769-3680 (Molly), 715-476-2240

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