Flambeau Trail: Turtle Portage

© Photographed June 19, 2015
Erected by Iron County Heritage Area
Mercer, Iron County, Wisconsin
46° 10.517′ N, 90° 3.197′ W

For centuries Native Americans and voyagers using the Flambeau Trail carried their birch bark canoes and cargo across the wide “plain” where you are standing, between Echo Lake (called Big Turtle Lake) and Grand Portage Lake (Little Turtle Lake).

Sometimes they paused here to re-gum leaky canoes using native pine pitch in preparation for the paddle to Lac du Flambeau.

The Flambeau Trail, followed the waterways, from here through Little Turtle Lake, following a narrow channel into Mercer Lake (Sugar Camp Lake).

From there travellers were forced to endure one final portage – three grueling miles through tamarack swamps to reach the Manitowish River (then called the Chippewa River). Easier travel by canoe was possible for the last 24 miles to the Flambeau Trail’s end at the Indian village and fur trading post at Lac du Flambeau.
The marker is located on eastbound County Highway J, at its intersection with County Highway H, at or near 2504 County Highway J, Mercer, Wisconsin 54547.

This marker is included in the Iron County Heritage Area series of markers. Click here for more information and to view all markers in the series.

The marker is located at W. S. Carow Park.

The marker is located in Mercer, Wisconsin.

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