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Brule River State Forest Camping information

Overview

Firewood restriction

Due to potential of emerald ash borer infestaion, firewood from out of state, or from more than 25 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.

Accessibility

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

Electricity

There are no electric sites at either of the campgrounds on the Brule.

Tent camping

Tenters may use any of the forest's campsites. Each campsite has enough room for at least one family camping tent. Most wooded sites have room for one to two tents, although a few might be cramped. The number of tents per campsite is not limited, but the number of occupants is limited to 6 and vehicles are limited 2.

Vehicle camping

Recreational vehicle campers may use any of the campsites in the forest. Small pop-up camper trailers will fit on almost any campsite Copper Range campground. However, drivers are encouraged to scout ahead to see if the larger sites are available in the Bois Brule campground, as there are a number of smaller sites with limited space.

Self-registration

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

Availability

During the summer season, from Memorial Day through Labor Day, campgrounds fill up fast Friday through Sunday but there are often sites available mid-week.

Off-season camping

Camping is available after the summer season, during the fall, winter and early spring. Self-registration is required during this time as well. No campsites are plowed after it snows.

Campgrounds

Brule River campgrounds

Each campground provides vault toilets, hand-pump water, and garbage & recycling facilities. Each campsite provides a tent pad, fire ring and picnic table. There are no electric sites in either campground.

Bois Brule Campground

Map

Located one mile south of Highway 2 on Ranger Road, the Bois Brule Campground is a 20-unit campground with 17 pull-in sites and three 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.

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. 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. Neither campground has running tap water. The Bois Brule has two vault toilet buildings and the Copper Range has one. Showers are available for a fee at the Brule River Motel and Campgrounds, which is located in Brule on Highway 2.

Trash

Wisconsin State Forests have a "carry in, carry out" policy on trash. You should plan to bag all your trash and carry it home to dispose of. Campsites, buildings, and picnic areas, do not have trash cans. However, there are some dumpsters in the campgrounds and picnic area for your use if necessary. A dump station is available for a fee at the Brule River Motel and Campgrounds, located in Brule on Highway 2.

Telephones

There are no payphones in either campground and cell phone service can be intermittent.

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 100 feet from any trail and out of sight of any water body. Camping within 100 feet of a trail is 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 trails for back country camping are the 26-mile snowmobile trail between Brule and St. Croix Lake and the North Country Trail that leads from State Highway 27 (seven miles south of Brule) to St. Croix Lake.

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

You may use dead and downed wood for firewood. Do not cut any living trees or underbrush. Make sure your campfire is out when you leave. Never leave a fire unattended.

Last Revised: Monday March 12 2012