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Brule River State ForestCurrent conditions

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

Conditions as of Thursday, December 7, 2017:

River trail overlook

River trail overlook

The State Forest is white again after a 5 inch snowfall early in the week. Temperatures are also back to normal. Small amounts of snow are in the forecast, and the temperatures will keep the snow we have around for awhile.

After Hours Trails

The snow has cross-country skiers anxious to get out on the trails. The trails were rolled Wednesday, but are in poor condition with about 1 inch of base and 5 inches of snow in the woods. The wet spots are still freezing up and the rough spots need more snow to cover the bumps.

Some sections of trails are closed where logging or hauling are occurring. As soon as the loggers or haulers move out of the area and conditions allow grooming of those sections, the trails will be re-opened.

Trail conditions are kept up to date on skinnyski.com and norwiski.com .

Statewide Antlerless Deer Season is Underway

The antlerless deer season is underway from December 7-10. One antlerless deer may be harvested per unused antlerless deer tag valid for use in specified zone, deer management unit (DMU) and land type. Only antlerless deer may be harvested with all weapon types during these 4 days. Archery/crossbow season resumes December 11– January 7.

Christmas Tree Permits are Available

If you would like to cut a Christmas tree from the Brule River State Forest, permits can be obtained at the Brule DNR Headquarters. The cost for a permit is $5.

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 December 08 2017