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Mercer in Iron County, Wisconsin — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Flambeau Trail – Turtle Portage

Iron County Heritage Area

 
 
Flambeau Trail – Turtle Portage Marker image. Click for full size.
By Paul Fehrenbach, July 20, 2011
1. Flambeau Trail – Turtle Portage Marker
Inscription. 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 Trailís end at the Indian village and fur trading post at Lac du Flambeau.
 
Location. 46° 10.517′ N, 90° 3.197′ W. Marker is in Mercer, Wisconsin, in Iron County. Marker is at the intersection of County Highway J and County Highway H, on the right when traveling east on County Highway J. Click for map. Marker is located in Carow Park. Marker is in this post office area: Mercer WI 54547, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 11 miles of this marker, measured as the crow

Flambeau Trail – Turtle Portage Marker image. Click for full size.
By Paul Fehrenbach, July 20, 2011
2. Flambeau Trail – Turtle Portage Marker
(Inset) “Turtle Portage is an excellent one over the plain between the two Turtle Lakes. At the east end of the lake is an Indian village, inhabited in the summer by one of the bands of Chippewa. At present it is deserted, the band having gone north to their winter hunting grounds. Potatoes and corn are raised at this village.” - Geological Reconnaissance Report by David Owen, 1847
flies. Flambeau Trail – The Mercer Depot (approx. ĺ mile away); Flambeau Trail – Manitowish (approx. 3.5 miles away); Flambeau Trail – Two Ways to Go (approx. 5.4 miles away); Roddis Line – Lake of the Falls (approx. 5.4 miles away); Flambeau Trail – Continental Divide (approx. 5.8 miles away); The Rest Lake Dam Story (approx. 8.5 miles away); River Rats & Peavey Men (approx. 8.5 miles away); Pinery Road - The Legend (approx. 10.3 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Mercer.
 
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Flambeau Trail – Turtle Portage Marker image. Click for full size.
By Paul Fehrenbach, July 20, 2011
3. Flambeau Trail – Turtle Portage Marker
looking south toward Grand Portage Lake
Grand Portage Lake image. Click for full size.
By Paul Fehrenbach, July 20, 2011
4. Grand Portage Lake
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Paul Fehrenbach of Germantown, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 370 times since then and 6 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Paul Fehrenbach of Germantown, Wisconsin. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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