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Brule River State ForestCurrent conditions

Conditions as of Thursday, April 20, 2017:

Spring in the forest

Fog rising from the Little Bois Brule.

Sounds of spring

Last weekend was warm and partly sunny making for pleasant days to be outside. The past few days, however, brought some much needed rain to the area and cooler temperatures. But the coming weekend is expected to be warm and sunny again with highs in the 50s and 60s. The combination of this week's rain and the coming warmer weather should get things really starting to pop with new green growth.

Even though the last few days haven't felt much like spring, the sounds of spring are becoming louder! The spring peepers are out and their repetitive "peep" call can be heard loud and clear on the warmer evenings. Boreal chorus frogs also are making their voices heard. The chickadees have had to make room for the robins, red-winged blackbirds, finches, dark-eyed juncos and a variety of sparrows (just to name a few) that have returned. All of these voices combine to remind us—loudly—that spring is here.


Steelhead season is well under way on the Brule River north of Highway 2. The regular fishing season is only about two weeks away, opening on May 6th. Earlier in the week, steelhead anglers reported they were having some luck. Now, however, the higher river conditions from the recent rain may be hampering their success.

Turkey hunting

Hunting Period "A" just started and will run through April 25. If you have a permit for this spring, make sure to check your season dates.

Brule River spring cleanup

The Brule River Sportsmen's Club is once again sponsoring the spring clean-up day. Clean-up Day is set for this Saturday, April 22nd. If you are interested in getting involved, please plan on joining us. Volunteers gather at the Lion's Club Shelter in Brule at 9 a.m. for doughnuts and an area assignment. Everyone gathers back together around noon at the end of the clean-up, for lunch. We hope to see you there!

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 April 21 2017