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Brule River State ForestCurrent conditions

Brule River

Remnants of winter

Aerial view of Wisconsin

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Conditions as of Thursday, March 16, 2017:

The weather this week has reminded us that spring can be fickle. We did not get the snow that nearby areas got earlier this week, but we did get the cold weather. The latter part of the week has warmed up a bit and the forecast looks like warmer temperatures in the 40s are on the way.

As the days get longer and weather turns warmer, we are seeing some of the migratory birds returning to the area. Canada geese and trumpeter swans have been seen in the area, and soon the songbirds will be showing up. Eagles, hawks and owls are already nesting. It won't be long before those nests hold eggs and chicks.

Fire season is here

As the small amount of remaining snow melts away, last year's vegetation, leaves and other debris is exposed and dries out quickly. As the humidity drops and winds increase, wildfires can ignite and spread rapidly. The satellite view shows how little snow cover remains in the northern half of the state.

If you have debris or brush to burn, get a burning permit and follow the rules of the day. Learn about fire danger conditions and burning permit requirements by checking the Wisconsin burning permits website or calling 1-888-WIS-BURN (947-2876). Information is updated each day at 11 a.m.

Steelhead opener in just over a week

Spring steelhead fishing opens on March 25 for the lower stretch of the Brule River—from Highway 2 downstream to Lake Superior. River flow and gauge height conditions are available at the USGS website [exit DNR]. There is still some ice and snow along the edges of the river, but there is little snow left in the forest.

The 2017-2018 hook and line fishing regulations and 2017-2018 trout fishing regulations are available. Please be sure to know and follow the rules that apply to you.


It's not too early to start planning your spring and summer vacations! The campgrounds at Bois Brule and Copper Range are open year-round. You can reserve a campsite at our campgrounds from Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day weekend at [exit DNR]. Search for Brule River State Forest. Not all campsites are reservable—there are many available on a first-come-first-served basis. Prior to Memorial Day and after Labor Day, all the sites are available as first-come-first-served.

Public comments on master plan adjustments

Public comments on proposed adjustments to the BRSF master plan will be accepted until March 20, 2017. These proposed adjustments focus on the recreation section of the existing plan and a proposed road management plan to reflect current conditions. The proposed changes were made based on public comments received last fall. For more information and a link to the public comment form and questionnaire go to the Brule River State Forest master plan webpage.

Additional resources

Firewood notice: As of June 1, 2014, firewood from more than 10 miles away is not allowed on Wisconsin State Park or Forest properties. Also, firewood that has been in an emerald ash borer quarantined area 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, 1-877-303-WOOD (1-877-303-9663) for information before packing for a trip. For more information, see firewood facts, rules and advice or ask the park or forest office. Maps are available to view the 10-mile radius of allowable firewood on state properties.

Several businesses in and around Brule sell firewood from local trees. Buying local firewood is the best way of slowing the spread of exotic forest pests from coming into the Brule River State Forest.

Last revised: Friday March 17 2017