Flambeau Trail - Turtle Portage

Flambeau Trail - Turtle Portage (HMUBO)

Location: Mercer, WI 54547 Iron County
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Country: United States of America
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N 46° 10.517', W 90° 3.197'

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Iron County Heritage Area

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 Trail's end at the Indian village and fur trading post at Lac du Flambeau.

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Date Added Saturday, September 6th, 2014 at 11:40pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)15T E 727445 N 5117744
Decimal Degrees46.17528333, -90.05328333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 46° 10.517', W 90° 3.197'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds46° 10' 31.02" N, 90° 3' 11.82" W
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Area Code(s)715
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 2504 Co Hwy J, Mercer WI 54547, US
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