Flambeau Trail – Continental Divide
Iron County Heritage Area
North of “The Divide”, rivers flow to Lake Superior and finally to the Atlantic Ocean. These waterways are full of rapids and waterfalls, making river travel impossible. To the south, navigable rivers flow to the Mississippi River and eventually the Gulf of Mexico.
Long Lake is the closest inland lake to this line. Traveling the “Flambeau Trail”, Native Americans and voyagers, who had to endure the 45 mile portage from Lake Superior, could load their goods into canoes at Long Lake. From there they could take advantage of easier canoe travel on the rivers and lakes that flowed south to Lac du Flambeau and beyond.
Location. 46° 13.802′ N, 90° 8.723′ W. Marker is in Mercer, Wisconsin, in Iron County. Marker is at the intersection of U.S. 51 and Moose Lake Road, on the right when traveling south on U.S. 51. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Mercer WI 54547, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 12 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Roddis Line – Lake of the Falls (approx. 5.6 miles away); Flambeau Trail – Two Ways to Go (approx.
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 30, 2011, by Paul Fehrenbach of Germantown, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 648 times since then and 37 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on August 30, 2011, by Paul Fehrenbach of Germantown, Wisconsin. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.