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Wisconsin State Natural Areas Program Brule River Cliffs (No. 303)

Brule River Cliffs

Photo by U.S. Forest Service


Overview

Location

Within Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest, Florence County. T41N-R16E, Sections 19, 20, 29, 30. 318 acres.

Description

Description

Located on the south shore of the Brule River, Brule River Cliffs contains a series of shaded, north-facing cliffs and talus slopes -- a dolomitic outcropping of the Saunders Formation -- with mosses, liverworts, and ferns as prominent members of the cliff flora. The 10 meter high cliffs and associated ravines are cold, wet, and shaded which is prime habitat for two rare fern species - the state-endangered green spleenwort (Asplenium viride), and state threatened Braun's holly fern (Polystichum braunii). The cliffs also support many other ferns such as walking, bulblet, oak, common polypody, and long beech fern. A rich northern mesic forest covers the slopes above and below the cliffs containing both deciduous and coniferous trees. Dominant species include sugar maple, yellow birch, paper birch, white cedar, and aspen. Dense shrub thickets occur at the outcrop base with mountain maple especially prevalent. Characteristic understory plants include wild sarsaparilla, big-leaved aster, yellow bluebead-lily, and blue cohosh. Birds include winter wren, eastern phoebe, rough-winged swallow, eastern pewee, and ovenbird. Brule River Cliffs is owned by the USDA Forest Service and was designated a State Natural Area in 1996.

Access

Driving directions

From the intersection of Dream Lake Road and State Highway 70 in Tipler, go east on 70 3.5 miles, then north on FR 2152 (Daumitz Road) about 7 miles to the south bank of the Brule River. Walk east about 0.75 miles across abandoned farm fields to the west end of the cliffs.

Ownership

Brule River Cliffs is owned by:

  • US Forest Service

Maps

The DNR's state natural areas program is comprised of lands owned by the state, private conservation organizations, municipalities, other governmental agencies, educational institutions and private individuals. While the majority of SNAs are open to the public, access may vary according to individual ownership policies. Public use restrictions may apply due to public safety, or to protect endangered or threatened species or unique natural features. Lands may be temporarily closed due to specific management activities. Users are encouraged to contact the landowner for more specific details.

The data shown on these maps have been obtained from various sources, and are of varying age, reliability, and resolution. The data may contain errors or omissions and should not be interpreted as a legal representation of legal ownership boundaries.

Recreation

Very few State Natural Areas have public facilities, but nearly all are open for a variety of recreational activities as indicated below. Generally, there are no picnic areas, restrooms, or other developments. Parking lots or designated parking areas are noted on individual SNA pages and maps. Trails, if present, are typically undesignated footpaths. If a developed trail is present, it will normally be noted on the SNA map and/or under the "Access" tab. A compass and topographic map or a GPS unit are useful tools for exploring larger, isolated SNAs.

Non-DNR lands

Hunting and trapping

This is a non-DNR owned SNA: Opportunities for hunting and trapping depend on the land owner. Please contact them directly to find out about their rules for hunting and trapping. You can find a link to other owner websites under the "Resource links" heading above. More details regarding allowable uses of this non-DNR owned SNA may be posted, if available, under the "Access" tab above.

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Other activities

Other allowable activities such as - but not limited to camping, geocaching and bicycling are determined by the landowner. Please contact them directly or visit their websites for details.

Last revised: Tuesday, October 03, 2017