The site of the Ladysmith Hydro was originally a pulp mill which used the waters of Flambeau River to grind wood for an area paper mill. Although the station was completed in 1928, the powerhouse was added in 1941 to supply electricity. A third generator was then added to the facility in 1982.
Located 15 miles downstream from Big Falls on the Flambeau River, the hydro dam creates the 236-acre Ladysmith Flowage. Among the facilities surrounding the flowage are a public park and beach area for swimmers.
The stretch of the Flambeau River below the hydro dam provides suitable conditions for leisurely tubers and canoers.
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