Welcome to Balsam Ridge Lodging

Balsam Ridge Lodging offers two secluded and cozy cabins on the Turtle Flambeau Flowage near Mercer, Wisconsin.

Our goal is to provide quality vacation lodging surrounded by the beauty of nature. Our cabins are perfect for family and friend vacations, medium or small groups or that private cabin getaway for couples or honeymooners.

Enjoy sitting around a crackling campfire and looking up at the stars. It will bring you back to what relaxation is all about.

Within a couple minutes you are at the flowage access and private dock. Launch your canoe or kayaks which is a great way to view and photograph loons, eagles, osprey and other wildlife that call the northwoods home. Only 10 – 15 minutes from three popular boat launches, Fishermans, Sturgeon Bay and Sportsmans.   Regardless if you want to fish, explore the many sandy shores to swim or just relax and enjoy the pristine wilderness waters.

We are a destination spot for snowmobiling, skiing, snowshoeing, ATV/UTV trail riding, biking, hiking and year round vacation fun. Snowmobile and ATV/UTV right from our cabin. After a day on the trails you can relax in the whirlpool.

If you are interested in hunting, there are thousands of acres of public forest land accessible right from the cabins.

If you are looking for quality vacation lodging nestled in a relatively secluded area with complete privacy for a reasonable rate, then Balsam Ridge Cabins are the place for you. Once you are here you won’t want to leave.

The Turtle Flambeau Scenic Wilderness Waters Area and Trude Lake is comprised of nearly 19,000 acres of water and 35,500 acres of public land for you to use and enjoy throughout the year. Unlike Canada, there is no passport required. Unlike Minnesota’s Boundary Waters, there are no permits required.

The Turtle Flambeau Flowage is a result of the 1926 construction of a dam to create a reservoir. The Turtle Flambeau Dam harnesses the power of the Turtle and Flambeau Rivers to generate energy for the Flambeau Paper Corporation, located 20 miles south on the Flambeau River in Park Falls. The dam created 19,000 acres of water with 212 miles of pristine winding shoreline. The Turtle Flambeau Flowage encompasses 16 natural lakes, three rivers and several creeks, all beautifully free of pollution.

How to Find Us

The Turtle Flambeau Flowage is located between the towns of Mercer, in Iron County, and Park Falls, in Price County. The Flowage is about 375 miles from Chicago, 300 miles from Milwaukee, and 275 miles from Minneapolis. It is easily accessible from either U.S. Highway 51 in Mercer via County Highway FF or U.S. Highway 13 in Park Falls/Butternut via County Highway F.

Outstanding Area for Nature Lovers

In 1992, Wisconsin Governor Tommy Thompson officially recognized what many already knew of the Turtle Flambeau Flowage when he designated it as a protected wilderness area, securing its rugged beauty and unspoiled wild character for generations to come.

The Flowage is truly a water wonderland, offering countless opportunities for outdoor adventure. The Turtle Flambeau Flowage is a natural choice for outdoor living, with accommodations for any style of “roughing it”.