Chippewa and Turtle-Flambeau flowages open and accessibleBoth the Chippewa and Turtle-Flambeau flowages are open and accessible for all recreational activities, say Department of Natural Resources officials.
Both the Chippewa and Turtle-Flambeau flowages are open and accessible for all recreational activities, say Department of Natural Resources officials.
A May 26 news story incorrectly said both the popular flowages were inaccessible due to low water levels and that is not true, said Dave Neuswanger, DNR fisheries manager out of Hayward.
“Water levels are down across the north due to the prolonged drought we’re experiencing in the North Country,” said Neuswanger, “but both the Chippewa and the Turtle-Flambeau are open for business. Visitors to those flowages will see some newly exposed shoreline but boat ramps are useable.
“Fishing for a variety of species should be outstanding. On the Chippewa Flowage, anglers can expect to find large numbers of nice-sized bluegills in their near-shore nesting colonies, making for some good fish fries. On both flowages, large numbers of chunky male smallmouth bass may still be guarding their nests, making for some fun catch-and-release fishing.”
On some smaller lakes in the north boat landings may not reach the water and river flows also are low.
Officials caution boaters to be alert and cautious due to submerged hazards and that not all hazards are marked on maps or charts. Boaters on unfamiliar waters are advised to consult with local residents, guides or marinas to learn of potential trouble spots and adjust their speed to the conditions.
“This is the traditional kick off weekend for the summer season,” said Neuswanger. “Lots of folks will be heading north for camping, fishing, boating and just relaxing. We wish everyone a safe and fun weekend. "