Anchored by Mercer in the northwest and Lac du Flambeau in the southeast, this tour pairs the pristine
wilderness of the Turtle Flambeau Flowage with the winter wonder of the Lac du Flambeau Tribal Reservation.
Snowmobiling is the base of the area's winter tourism economy, so you'll get a warm welcome from hospitable
resorts all along the route. There's plenty of riding here with more than 1,300 miles of state-funded trails in
the three counties visited on this tour.
Mercer is a full-service center with everything from food and lodging
to gas and repair. The city is the gateway to the Turtle Flambeau Flowage - 19,000 acres of hard water
highway with 200 miles of wilderness shoreline. The Turtle Flambeau area catches lake-effect snow blowing
off of Lake Superior. This giant snow generator typically brings snowfalls measured in feet rather than inches.
The isthmus between Echo and Grand Portage Lakes in Mercer was once a portage on the Flambeau Trail.
This famed 80-mile land and water route joined two centers of the Ojibwa Nation; La Pointe on
Madeline Island and Lac du Flambeau.