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Brule River State ForestCurrent conditions

Conditions as of Thursday, August 10, 2017:

Hoodoo Lake seen from North Country Trail

Hoodoo Lake seen from North Country Trail

With heavy rain this morning, the Brule River is flowing well above normal for this time of year. However, as the rain has tapered off, flows are already starting to come down. Check the USGS flow rate data [exit DNR] before you head out on the river. There are reports that Brown Trout are in the river and fishing is starting to pick up!

Upcoming trail race

On August 13, the Brule River Lions are sponsoring a 2-mile and a 5-mile race [exit DNR] on the After Hours ski trails. The races are followed by a Lions Club chicken barbeque at the Brule pavilion.


Campgrounds continue to be busy on the weekends, but are pretty quiet during the weekdays. Don't forget you can make a reservation at [exit DNR]. If you prefer to camp spur-of-the-moment, about half of the sites are first-come, first served. There is still plenty of summer left for a camping trip (or two)!

Public comments sought on final draft master plan revision for Brule River State Forest

The public has a final opportunity to review and comment on proposed revisions to the master plan for the Brule River State Forest that proposes additional recreational opportunities for the property. Plan revisions include expanding the popular Afterhours ski area, including additional miles and developments, additional remote campsites along Lake Superior and the Brule River, and a small number of electric campsites.

The revised draft Brule River State Forest master plan and associated documents are available for review on the DNR website by searching keywords "master planning," and clicking on the link for Brule River State Forest. The documents will also be available during a public open office scheduled at Brule River State Forest Ranger Station, 6250 South Ranger Road, Brule, on August 2, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and August 3 from 2 to 8 p.m.

A 21-day public comment period runs from July 25 to August 14, 2017. People can submit comments online, by email or by mail. Documents, maps, and contact information is available on the Brule River State Forest master planning web page. Following this final public review of the Brule River State Forest Master Plan, a draft revised master plan will be presented to the state Natural Resources Board for consideration and approval.

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: Monday August 14 2017