Flambeau Trail: Two Ways to Go

Photographed June 19, 2015
Mercer, Iron County, Wisconsin
46° 8.977′ N, 90° 9.609′ W
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FLAMBEAU TRAIL: TWO WAYS TO GO
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.
The marker is located at the boat launch at Lake of the Falls County Park on the County Park Road loop, east of its intersection with County Highway FF, 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.

See also, Roddis Line: Lake of the Falls, very close to this location.


 The marker is at a boat launch.

A beautiful location!


 Nearby mural.

 Follow this sign to the marker's location.

The marker is located in Mercer, Wisconsin.

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