Turtle-Flambeau Scenic Waters Area
Turtle-Flambeau Water Levels: Xcel Energy website [exit DNR]
The Chippewa and Flambeau Improvement Co. (CFIC) is a private corporation created by the Legislature in 1911 for the purpose of building, maintaining and operating dams and reservoirs on the Chippewa and Flambeau rivers and their tributaries. The law directs the company to produce as nearly a uniform flow of water as practicable in the Chippewa and Flambeau rivers, by storing in reservoirs surplus water for discharge when the water supply is low, to improve the usefulness of the rivers for all public purposes and to reduce flood damage.
CFIC constructed the Turtle Dam creating the Turtle-Flambeau Flowage in 1926, and they continue to own and operate the dam as directed by state statute. A Memorandum of Understanding [PDF] between CFIC and the Department of Natural Resources guides dam operations.