Flambeau Trail – Flambeau Trail Crossing
Iron County Heritage Area
Until railroads came in the late 1880’s, the Flambeau Trail offered the only transportation link between the Lake Superior watershed to the north and the Mississippi watershed to the south.
When travellers arrived at this point, they had already portaged 27 miles uphill from Lake Superior and over the Penokee Mountain Range. Eighteen more miles of overland travel remained to cross the Continental Divide. There navigable waters at Long Lake offered easier travel by canoe to points south.
The Flambeau Trail was narrow and full of overturned trees, Muskeg, and thickets. It took between 2 1/2 to 7 days to portage and paddle the length of the Trail to Lac du Flambeau depending on trail conditions, the load to be carried, and the motivation of the travellers. It was considered among the most difficult portages in the old Northwest Territories.
Location. 46° 25.645′ N, 90° 15.384′ W. Marker is in Montreal, Wisconsin, in Iron County. Marker is at the intersection of Wisconsin Avenue (State Highway 77) and Elm Street
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Penokee Iron Range Trail – A Company Town (approx. 0.9 miles away); Penokee Iron Range Trail – Montreal Location (approx. 0.9 miles away); Montreal Trails – The Montreal Mine (approx. 1.2 miles away); George W. Sullivan (approx. 1.2 miles away); The City of Montreal (approx. 1.2 miles away); Penokee Iron Range Trail – Gile Falls (approx. 1½ miles away); Penokee Iron Range Trail - Plummer Mine (approx. 2.2 miles away); Penokee Iron Range Trail - Plummer Mine Geologic Layer Cake (approx. 2.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Montreal.
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on July 27, 2011, by Paul Fehrenbach of Germantown, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 433 times since then and 10 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on July 27, 2011, by Paul Fehrenbach of Germantown, Wisconsin. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.