The Turtle Flambeau Scenic Wilderness Waters Area and Trude Lake is comprised of nearly 19,000 acres of water and 35,500 acres of public land for you to use and enjoy throughout the year. Unlike Canada, there is no passport required. Unlike Minnesota’s Boundary Waters, there are no permits required.
The Turtle Flambeau Flowage is a result of the 1926 construction of a dam to create a reservoir. The Turtle Flambeau Dam harnesses the power of the Turtle and Flambeau Rivers to generate energy for the Flambeau Paper Corporation, located 20 miles south on the Flambeau River in Park Falls. The dam created 19,000 acres of water with 212 miles of pristine winding shoreline. The Turtle Flambeau Flowage encompasses 16 natural lakes, three rivers and several creeks, all beautifully free of pollution.
The Turtle-Flambeau Flowage is a major destination of summer tourism. Visitors have access to the lake from four public boat landings. Camping, hunting, and fishing are also popular activities. The Turtle-Flambeau Scenic Waters Area offers 60 remote campsites accessible by water only. These sites are available year-round on a first-come, first-served basis. There is no camping fee, but camping on the flowage is restricted to designated sites. Historically, many lakeside resorts have existed in the vicinity of the flowage. However, today much of the shoreline remains sparsely developed.
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