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Brule River State ForestCurrent conditions

Late last week, we watched from the Ranger Station as a group of deer attempted to cross the Brule River. They crossed at a place of open water; stepping, jumping, stumbling and sliding from the ice into the shallow open water and then clamoring onto the ice on the other side. They were NOT the graceful and elegant creatures they usually are, but you can't blame them, the ice was fragile and slippery and I'm guessing that water was cold! About an hour later, a coyote came by with the same idea of crossing the river. However, it looked over the situation, then changed its mind and went back into the woods from where it came. There's always something interesting to see out there!

Even though spring isn’t here yet, there are signs that it is coming. Daylight is noticeably longer than just a few weeks ago. Migrating Canada geese have been moving through the area, looking for open water where they can rest and feed as they head further north. Mallards, too, have been making their way into the area. It won’t be long now!

Ski trails

Cross-country ski trail conditions

Next Saturday, March 3, the River View Loppet ski races for youth and adults in the skate and classic styles, will be held at Afterhours Ski Trail. This race is sponsored jointly by the Brule Valley Ski Club, the Brule River State Forest and the Brule Lions Club. Check out the ski club's website [exit DNR] for more information and a registration form.

WinterFest at Pattison State Park

Pattison State Park is hosting Winterfest on Saturday, Feb. 24 from 4–8 PM. There will be crafts, a bonfire, chili, 'smores, hot chocolate and coffee, sledding, snowshoeing and a candlelight snowshoe hike. This event is sponsored by the Friends of Amnicon & Pattison State Parks.

Snowmobile trail information

Below are links for trail condition reports on the local snowmobile trails.

Additional resources

Boat landing closed: The boat landing at the mouth of the Brule River is closed until further notice. High Lake Superior water levels combined a violent storm on the lake earlier this week have eroded the road leading to the boat landing.
Posted 10/27/2017

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: Thursday February 22 2018