Flambeau Trail - Flambeau Trail Crossing

Flambeau Trail - Flambeau Trail Crossing (HMUBN)

Location: Montreal, WI 54550 Iron County
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Country: United States of America
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N 46° 25.645', W 90° 15.384'

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Iron County Heritage Area

You are standing on the ancient Flambeau Trail, an important route for commerce for Native Americans, voyagers, and explorers travelling between settlements at LaPointe on Madeline Island and Lac du Flambeau 90 miles to the south.

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.

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Date Added Monday, October 13th, 2014 at 5:49pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)15T E 710797 N 5145196
Decimal Degrees46.42741667, -90.25640000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 46° 25.645', W 90° 15.384'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds46° 25' 38.70" N, 90° 15' 23.04" W
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Area Code(s)715
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 162 Wisconsin Ave, Montreal WI 54550, US
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