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Brule River State ForestCurrent conditions

Conditions as of Thursday, June 15, 2017:

Wild columbine in roadside ditch

Wild columbine

Signs of the season

Next week marks the first official day of summer, and the woods and roadsides reflect that. The daisies, columbines, bunchberries, raspberries and more are in bloom. Birds are hatching their young, and fawns are following their mothers. If you see a doe crossing a road, keep an eye out for her little one that may be trailing behind.

Bears are entering mating season. Don't be surprised if you see bears more frequently and out during the middle of the day in places that you would not expect to see them.

You may see an increase in turtles trying to cross the road or on sandy roadsides. June is their peak nesting time. If you can do so safely, feel free to assist these guys on their journey.


About half of our campsites are reservable (but you have to reserve at least 48 hours in advance), the rest are available on a first-come-first-served basis. The campgrounds have been busy, especially on the weekends. But so far this summer, we have not yet had a night with both campgrounds completely full. Chances are you'll be able to get a site if you get here early. Give us a call if there is anything we can do to help you plan your trip. Make a reservation online [exit DNR] or call Reserve America at 1-888-947-2757.

Fishing and river update

Check the USGS flow rate data [exit DNR] before you head out.

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: Thursday June 15 2017