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Boating and Canoeing

Turtle-Flambeau Scenic Waters Area

There are six access sites in the Turtle-Flambeau Scenic Waters Area providing boat and canoe launch facilities on the Turtle-Flambeau Flowage. Lake of the Falls County Park on the north end of the flowage also has a boat launch.

Springstead Landing located on the south side of the flowage is the largest access site and offers the most amenities including a triple-wide concrete launch ramp and boarding docks. The paved lot provides parking for 75 vehicles. A toilet building and hand pump for drinking water are available.

Fisherman's Landing is located on the north side of the flowage and includes a concrete launch ramp, boarding dock, toilet building and gravel parking for approximately 25 vehicles.

Sportsman's Landing is located on the west side of the flowage near the dam and offers a concrete launch ramp, boarding dock and gravel parking for about 15 vehicles.

Trude Lake Landing also has a concrete launch ramp with gravel parking for 15 vehicles.

Murray's Landing on the east end of the flowage is a shallow water access with a gravel launch area. This site is recommended for smaller boats and canoes only. A toilet building is available here and the grass parking area provides parking for approximately 20 vehicles.

Sturgeon Bay Landing has a gravel launch area with very limited turnaround space and is therefore recommended for smaller boats only. The gravel parking area will accommodate three to five vehicles.

The Turtle-Flambeau Flowage has an abundance of stumps, logs, floating "drift wood" and rock bars that make good fish and wildlife habitat but could damage boats. The lake map should not be used for navigation; conditions are always changing, particularly when water levels fluctuate. Boaters should always exercise caution. Water skiing and personal watercraft are not advised.

Visitors to the Turtle-Flambeau Flowage come to enjoy the peace, quiet and wild natural surroundings. Please respect the rights of others, heed boating regulations, watch your wake, go slow, keep noise to a minimum and enjoy wildlife from a distance.

For information about boat and canoe rentals, contact the Mercer Chamber of Commerce [exit DNR].

Local ordinance regulates personal watercraft

In order to protect public safety, local ordinances have been enacted regulating the use of personal watercraft on the flowage. No person may operate a personal watercraft at speeds greater than slow no wake except between the hours of 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. Signs are posted at public boat access sites advising users of the regulations.