Canoeing at Turtle River

Canoeing in Mercer WI at Turtle River

A relatively unknown and unspoiled river flowing 27 miles through Iron County lakes and wilderness into the Turtle-Flambeau Flowage at Lake of the Falls. Some Class II-III rapids may require portaging dependent on water levels.

Portage at Shay's Dam Falls required. Numerous public access points and state and county campsites. Call for river maps in Iron County.

Logs from Mercer and Manitowish were floated down the Manitowish and Turtle Rivers, into the Flambeau River, to the sawmill. The Turtle-Flambeau Flowage is truly a water wonderland, offering countless opportunities for swimming, canoeing and kayaking. A 26 mile Canoe/Kayak Trails with State Mapped Routes including Turtle River Chain on the north fork of the famous Flambeau River from the Flowage to the city of Park Falls traverses 23 rapids, providing adventurous visitors with enough whitewater thrills to hold them over until their next encounter with o one of America's last unspoiled rivers.

The Turtle River is a delightful combination of small scenic lakes and constantly changing stream. the stream sections vary from slow quiet reaches to the dancing waters of 10 rated rapids. There are many put-in and take-out possibilities on the Turtle offering a wide variety of trips. The furthest upstream put-in is on Co. Hwy. W on North Turtle Lake. From here to Cedar Lake several low bridges and brushy sections of river may be found.

Paddlers may prefer to put-in at the Cedar Lake boat landing on Co. W to avoid these obstacles.
Turtle River Trail: North Turtle Lake to Lake of the Falls County Park .Total: 27 miles Rating: Intermediate.

Turtle River for Canoeing in the city of Mercer - Iron County (Northwest Wisconsin).


Turtle River Mercer, WI 54534
United States
(715) 561-2922, 715-769-3680
Fax: (715) 561-3103

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