View Full Version : Chippewa Flowage, WI (Pic Heavy) - Amazing piece of habitat

07-03-2011, 02:58 PM
Hey All,
I spent last week on the Chippewa Flowage in Hayward WI. My family has spent a week there every summer since well before I was born 32 years ago. It's an incredible piece of habitat in the big woods of Northern Wisconsin. It's approximately 15,300 acres in size with I believe 7 main lakes and 5 different rivers, 200 islands and approximately 223 miles of mostly undeveloped shoreline. While it is mostly a fishery it's hard to go there and not see tons of other wildlife such as Whitetail Deer, Bears, Wolves, and many birds of prey thriving there. I thought some of you may enjoy some of my wildlife photography from our weeks adventure. All photos were taken by me with a Canon EOS 7D and a Canon 400mm F5.6L super telephoto from a boat.

I thought this forum was most suitable so I hope nobody gets upset about me posting here.

Opsrey in flight:


Northern Watersnake???

Painted Turtle:

07-03-2011, 02:59 PM
This was a sight to see. My wife had just pulled in a nice smallmouth bass. I was taking the fish off the hook and when we look up on a very small island in front of us we notice a deer. Out steps a Doe and she has 2 fawns following directly behind her. All of a sudden the doe steps off the island and enters the water. We proceeded to watch this doe lead these 2 fawns across a channel. It was about 100 yards from island to island and according to my depth finder it was about 11 feet deep. And it was directly below an active eagles nest. It's amazing how these deer survive up here, I have to assume mostly on browse.





07-03-2011, 02:59 PM


Great Blue Heron

Great Blue Heron in flight:

07-03-2011, 03:00 PM



Bald Eagle:

07-03-2011, 03:00 PM
Adult Eagle & Baby Eagle - Lunch Time


Immature Eagle in flight


07-03-2011, 03:01 PM
Pair of Mature Eagles


My favorite picture of the week...Eagle Takes Flight



07-03-2011, 03:01 PM
Loon with Baby:


Baby Eagle in Nest


07-03-2011, 03:02 PM
Eagles in Flight





hillbilly archer
07-03-2011, 03:26 PM
Wow, looks like an amazing place. I love bald eagles.

07-03-2011, 03:57 PM
Wow! Amazing photos. Thanks for posting.

07-03-2011, 04:05 PM
Ed: You have a great talent for photography, awesome pictures!

07-03-2011, 05:32 PM
Beautiful photos, thank you for posting.

07-03-2011, 05:50 PM
I think it's unanimous, those are some great photos, Ed.


07-03-2011, 05:56 PM
Thanks for the kind words all. Photography for me is another form of hunting that my father got me hooked on!

07-03-2011, 09:21 PM
Wow spectacular pics - thanks for posting!

Alpha Doe
07-03-2011, 09:42 PM
Awesome wildlife pics...Thanks for posting them!

07-03-2011, 11:00 PM
Awesome pictures! I always look forward to your photography threads. Were you using a tripod on the boat or just shooting freehand?


07-03-2011, 11:23 PM
I like how you said you hope people don't mind if you post these pics here. If anyone complains, they need to have their head examined! Great pics!!!

07-03-2011, 11:29 PM
Thanks Matt. My father and I both shoot the exact same rig and we both were shooting freehand all week, no monopods or tripods. Tripods are more of a burden especially when trying to shoot many of these larger birds when they take flight. Not to mention dealing with the fact of being in a small boat (17' / 40hp) its hard to stay still when you factor wind, shorelines, wake etc. We go for a fast shutter speed and fast trigger fire snapping many frames hoping to get a good shot for each encounter. Not to mention takes practice holding a larger telephoto steady.

Thankfully we know this area very well. Eagles typically use the same nests year over year and are always fishing to keep the young ones fed so they are typically very active and you can see them sitting in the tops of trees all over. Very common every hour in the boat you will have multiple eagle encounters. The other stuff you just happen to run across throughout the course of a week. Once you locate a loon pair with babies they are always in that area, you just go back until you get the good shots in the right conditions and lighting. Osprey we only had one encounter with and haven't had a good bear encounter up there for quite a few years. Also still working to get an eagle go down and scoop a fish.

My dad took a lot of pics and I'm still waiting for him to post his images. I'm sure he will have some good ones and i'll try and post a few. He did find a fox with kits that i think made for some great photos.

07-04-2011, 04:47 AM
Consider yourself lucky to see those deer not running from a pack of wolves. Between all those wolves and bear up there it's hard believe a deer could survive, much less a couple fawns! :mad:

RJ in LA
07-04-2011, 04:58 AM
Fantastic photos!!!! Thanks for sharing.

tom tuchscherer
07-04-2011, 07:04 AM
As always from you and your Dad, Great pictures !!!!!!
Thanks for sharing,,,,,,

07-04-2011, 11:52 AM
Awesome series of pictures! Love the beauty of the north country.

07-04-2011, 12:32 PM
Great job with the pics

07-04-2011, 12:46 PM
Awesome pictures Ed. I gun hunt about 30 miles North of there and alway enjoy all the Wildlife and scenery that I get to see every time I go up there. How was the Fishing?

07-04-2011, 01:36 PM
Thanks again for the kind words all.

Tom: in my 32 years of going up there, the fishing was the worst I ever remember. We are not the super hardcore fisherman group but we do put in a good few hours on a daily basis and typically have moderate to good success. Not this year, we were happy just to get a few pike and some smallmouth and a few panfish and even that was a lot of working trying to catch just about anything. No walleyes. Tried our usual spots, tried new spots. Artificial and livebait, it was brutal. Everyone we spoke with was complaining how slow the fishing was. Not really sure what the deal was. Only positive thing that happened fishing wise was my youngest sister was able to catch her first musky. 27" musky on light tackle. However if the fishing was bad the wildlife photography always makes up for it, hard to be up in that area and not enjoy and appreciate natures beauty.


07-04-2011, 03:36 PM
Beautiful pics Ed!!

It must just be the year because when i went up to Canada on my annual fishing trip we really had to work for them and they wern't quite as big as other years(biggest walleye:24" , biggest northern 38"). Not too good.:(

crimson n' camo
07-04-2011, 05:01 PM
I think someone else might have already mentioned this......but those are some awesome pics!!!!!!!

Do you blur the background after the shot or is that how iit was taken?

07-04-2011, 05:03 PM
Looks like one heck of a swimming hole.


07-04-2011, 05:03 PM
Do you blur the background after the shot or is that how iit was taken?

The blur happens at the time of exposure. It's called Bokeh and is controlled by the aperature setting on the camera.

07-04-2011, 11:01 PM
Amazing pics.....can't beleve the variety of different critters you captured in action!

07-06-2011, 09:09 AM
Outdoor pictures......ARE ALWAYS COOL!!!

Is there such a thing as too many pictures in a Thread??

07-06-2011, 09:28 AM
Fantastic pics!! Thanks for sharing!!

UP Powers
07-06-2011, 02:44 PM
Moores Bay!

My best friend 27 casts in a row with a Crappie on the line. We filled up in less then an hour. I love Moores Bay in the fall.

07-06-2011, 02:55 PM
Those are some awesome pics!

07-07-2011, 02:21 AM
Great pictures Ed.....:)

07-07-2011, 09:26 PM
Fabulous Pictures Ed!

I took a few snaps of a pair of loons with babies as well last weekend in Tomahawk WI. First time seeing a pair with babies for me.

Not the pictures Ed took, but enjoy more loons.



07-07-2011, 11:34 PM
Very nice! We had a challenging year finding the little ones this year. It didnt seem like there were as many as years past. However once you find them they stick in that area for sure! Cool stuff!

07-08-2011, 12:02 AM
Great Pictures Ed. I have been on the Chippewa Flowage a number of times and it is a great place. I think you might have answered your own questions regarding why fishing may be slow and that is the musky population is huge in the flowage. There are 50" + fish there.

Next time you are there try some fishing for catfish, there are allot of 30" fish there. We put chicken gizzards on a line with a bell on the pole when we sit around the camp fire in the evening and always catch a few, its great fun.

Very nice pictures by the way.