This week we will paddle a larger body of water, the Gile Flowage. Although the WIS Dept of Tourism touts the Turtle Flambeau Flowage as the closest thing to the Boundary Waters in terms of wilderness, it is actually the Gile Flowage that looks more like the Boundary Waters with its exposed rocks and surrounding forests. I plan to put in at the landing on the south shore, aka “Sucker Hole” landing. The forecast suggests that we will be able to paddle up the western shore without too much difficulty with the wind. To reach the landing from Mercer, drive north on Hwy 151 about 18 miles to County C west and turn left. When County C turns right, continue straight onto Island Lake Road. Turn left at the T-intersection, go a mile, and then take the right fork onto W. Branch Road. In about 2 miles, take the next right turn onto Spring Camp Road. Go another mile and turn right once more onto W Flowage Road, which ends at the landing. After the paddle we will head up to the town of Gile for supper at Burgers Bar and Grill. I have never been here, but I have heard numerous people raving about it, so I think we should give it a try.