DNR Northern Region - MERCER, Wis. -- Following assessment of Tuesday's storm damage on the Turtle-Flambeau Scenic Waters area, Department of Natural Resources staff determined that 38 of the 60 first come, first serve ... More... MERCER, Wis. -- Following assessment of Tuesday’s storm damage on the Turtle-Flambeau Scenic Waters area, Department of Natural Resources staff determined that 38 of the 60 first come, first serve sites will be re-opened for camping on Monday, August 2. In addition to these, all six of the reservable group sites will also reopen. An updated list of open sites will be available Monday on the Turtle-Flambeau Scenic Waters Area pages of the DNR website. People planning on visiting the flowage should refer to this list before making plans to camp. A list of all open sites will also be posted at boat landings. The flowage waters and boat accesses reopened for fishing on Thursday, but all property withing the scenic waters area remains closed through the weekend. All of the open sites are safe for camping, meaning that the immediate camping area is safe. Campers should be aware that hazardous areas remain outside of open camping areas, with many trees down or damaged. Extreme caution is urged. Even within open campsites, there is still much debris and logs lying on the ground nearby. Chainsaw use by campers is prohibited, although hand saws may be used to cut firewood from the many down trees that are on the ground. All closed sites have signs indicating the sites are closed. The majority of closed campsites were the most popular sites. These sites are closed because of unsafe conditions or because the island was completely destroyed. Clean up will continue for many months and as sites re-open they will be posted. On Friday the National Weather Service confirmed that the damage in the area was caused by one of three tornadoes triggered by Tuesday’s storm. The tornado knocked down and damaged trees along a stretch 8 miles long and 1 to 1.5 miles long. The other two tornadoes were in rural Ashland County.