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Brule River State Forest Camping information

Overview

Firewood restriction

Due to potential emerald ash borer infestation, firewood from out of state or from more than 10 miles away from a Wisconsin state park or forest property is not allowed. Also, firewood that has been in the Wisconsin emerald ash borer quarantined area [exit DNR] is not allowed on properties outside of the quarantined area.

Please buy firewood at or near the park or forest where you are going. Call the DNR toll-free Firewood Hotline, 877-303-WOOD (877-303-9663) for information before packing for a trip. Registered campers may collect dead and downed wood for campfires. Make sure your campfire is out when you leave!

Accessibility

There is one designated wheelchair-accessible site at each of the family campgrounds.

Electricity/telephones

There are no electric sites at either of the campgrounds on the Brule. There are also no payphones in the campgrounds, and cell phone service is limited.

Tent camping

Each campsite has enough room for at least one family camping tent. Most wooded sites have room for one to two tents. The number of tents per campsite is not limited, but the number of occupants is limited to six and vehicles are limited to two.

Vehicle camping

Recreational vehicles and pull-behind campers are allowed on any campsite within the state forest. RV campers are encouraged to scout ahead, particularly in the Bois Brule campground as roadways are narrow in places.

Self-registration

Self-registration stations are available at the campground entrances. Registration procedures are provided and must be followed before occupying a site.

Availability

Reservations are not accepted, as all sites are available only on a first come, first served basis. Campgrounds are open year around. During winter months, campground access roads are plowed.

Campgrounds

Bois Brule Campground

Map

Located one mile south of Highway 2 on Ranger Road, the Bois Brule campground is a 22-unit campground with 17 pull-in sites and five walk-in sites. This campground is a favorite in the summer. A canoe landing is located in the picnic area and visitors will find the Stoney Hill Nature Trail across Ranger Road from the campground. A hand pump and vault toilets are centrally located.

Copper Range Campground

Map

The Copper Range campground is a 15-unit campground that visitors can reach by traveling 4.5 miles north of Highway 2 on County Highway H, and then west on Park Road. Located near favorite fishing holes and canoe routes, this campground is popular with anglers in the spring and fall. A canoe landing is located a short walk from the campground, and a hand pump and vault toilet are centrally located. There is also a trail across the bridge that links to the Historic Bayfield Road Hiking and Snowshoe Trail [PDF]

Facilities

Water and rest rooms

There is one hand pump for drinking water located centrally in each campground.

Backpacking

Trails may be used to access remote areas of the Brule River State Forest and backpack camping is allowed. However, you must hike with your gear a minimum of one mile from where you park your vehicle, and camp at least 100 feet from any trail and out of sight of any water body. Camping along the Brule River and Lake Superior shoreline are prohibited.

You must possess a Special Camp Registration Permit before heading out to camp. This permit is free of charge and can be obtained from the Brule River State Forest station.

The most suitable trail for back country camping is the North Country Trail.

Please follow the rule of "carry in, carry out," taking all of your trash and recyclable items home with you.

Make sure your campfire is out when you leave.

Last Revised: Wednesday July 16 2014