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Brule River State ForestCurrent conditions

Conditions as of Thursday, October 19, 2017:

Fall colors

Fall colors, by Diane Gobin, Wisconsin DNR.

This week's weather has been warm and sunny. It looks like we may get a few more days of this before typical late-October weather returns. With the clear skies and little visible moon this week, the night skies are brilliant with stars. Take advantage of these warm nights to go out and take a look!

The tamaracks are turning gold, the leaf color is just past peak now, and the leaves are falling. The forest is full of activity as animals prepare for the coming winter, and hunters try their luck. For regulations and tips that pertain to the type of hunting you are doing this fall, check out the Wisconsin DNR hunting page.

Fishing on the Brule

The Brule River remains open for fishing north of Highway 2 until November 15th. Rain this past weekend has river levels higher than historical average according to the USGS streamflow data for the Bois Brule River at Brule, WI [exit DNR].


Copper Range campground has been full for the past several weekends, but Bois Brule campground is nearly empty during the week and has had some available sites on the weekends for fall camping.

Reservations can be made up to 11 months in advance for dates through November 15 and starting again in late March for the 2018 season. First-come, first-served sites are available all year. Make a reservation at [exit DNR] or call 1-888-947-2757.

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 October 20 2017