Flambeau Trail - Two Ways to Go

Flambeau Trail - Two Ways to Go (HMVFJ)

Location: Mercer, WI 54547 Iron County
Country: United States of America

N 46° 8.977', W 90° 9.609'

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Iron County Heritage Area

In days of yesteryear, traveling south on the Flambeau Trail, you arrived at Big Turtle Lake (now Echo Lake) and Little Turtle Lake (now called either Grand Portage Lake or Tank Lake) to what is now Mercer. At Echo Lake you had a choice depending on the mission of your travel.

You could continue south, following the ancient Native American and voyageur route making a portage from Echo Lake to Grand Portage Lake across to Mercer Lake and then a four mile portage to the Manitowish River.

You could also continue on the Turtle River. From the late 1800s to the early 1900s loggers used this as a water highway to float pine logs down river past Lake of the Falls, to the booming lumber towns of Park Falls, Chippewa Falls, Eau Claire, and on to the mighty Mississippi River.

From this point a traveler using these water highways had access to the Gulf of Mexico, New Orleans, and the Atlantic Ocean. This water highway became a major transportation link and opened the region to international trade early in its history.

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Date Added Thursday, October 9th, 2014 at 7:03am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)15T E 719299 N 5114592
Decimal Degrees46.14961667, -90.16015000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 46° 8.977', W 90° 9.609'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds46° 8' 58.62" N, 90° 9' 36.54" W
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Area Code(s)715
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 825 County Park Rd, Mercer WI 54547, US
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