Wisconsin State Parks and ForestsBrule River State Forest
The Brule River State Forest offers exceptional recreational opportunities, including wildlife viewing, a 16-mile stretch of the North Country National Scenic Trail, eight miles of frontage on Lake Superior, the Bois Brule State Fish Hatchery and much more.
View this video [VIDEO Length 7:23] to learn how to better enjoy and care for the Brule River.
The forest contains all 44 miles of the Bois Brule River, one of the best known rivers east of the Mississippi. For over one hundred years, it has been known as an exceptional trout stream. The Brule River contains resident brook, brown and rainbow trout. Lake brown and rainbow (steelhead) trout along with Coho and Chinook salmon migrate up the Brule annually from Lake Superior.
The river itself has two distinct personalities. The upper river (the southern portion) flows through miles of coniferous bog and is fed by numerous springs. When the river crosses the Copper Range, it begins a fall of 328 feet in the eighteen miles to Lake Superior. Here, flashing cascades tumble over rocks and ledges and between steep river bluffs forested with aspen and balsam fir.
Brule River State Forest is in eastern Douglas County in northwestern Wisconsin at 6250 South Ranger Rd. Brule, WI 54820. The property is approximately 30 miles north to south, containing the entire 44 miles of the Bois Brule River.
The town of Brule is located in Douglas County on US Highway 2 between Superior and Ashland. To get to the Brule River State Forest headquarters go south on Ranger Road, which is located just west of town on Highway 2.
Maps and pubs
State Natural Areas
- Property Map
- Brule River Boreal Forest
- Brule Glacial Spillway
- Brule Rush Lake
- Bear Beach
- Mott's Ravine
Management and Business
Brule River State Forest master plan
Completed in May 2003, the Brule River State Forest Master Plan reflects five years of planning and public input. The final plan, maps, variances and amendments are posted online, along with documents used during the plan's development.
In state forest management, operations and monitoring public involvement is part of sustainable forestry. We seek public involvement because we believe people, communities, organizations and businesses realize the potential public benefits of state forests and are willing to work to further the goals of sustainable forestry.
Timber sale program
The state forests are managed sustainably for multiple uses. Active timber management is a part of that overall effort on many parts of each forest. Timber is advertised for sale typically from one to three times annually, depending on the size of the forest. The DNR timber sale pages have more information about the timber sale program. Specific timber sale information can be found on the Brule River State Forest timber sale program page as well.