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Wisconsin State Natural Areas Program Jean Brunet Woods (No. 616)

Jean Brunet Woods

Photo by DNR



Within Brunet Island State Park, Chippewa County. T31N-R6W, Sections 7, 8. 387 acres.



Located along the Chippewa and Fisher Rivers, Jean Brunet Woods features a northern mesic forest approaching old-growth status interspersed with ephemeral ponds. The forest is mostly hemlock-hardwoods with white oak, red oak, basswood, and paper birch. Large, red oak (some over 30 inches in diameter) dominate the majority of the forest with scattered pockets of hemlock, sugar maple, and ephemeral wetlands. Ironwood, musclewood, sugar maple, and red maple dominate the mid-story canopy with leatherwood also present. The ground layer is patchy but is rich and diverse as one travels north and east. Species include maidenhair fern, red baneberry, wild sarsaparilla, yellow bluebead lily, Canada bunchberry, both Hepatica species, shining club-moss, partridgeberry, naked miterwort, wood sorrel, round-leaved pyrola, bloodroot, nodding trillium, and American starflower. Forested ephemeral ponds support fowl manna grass, marsh marigold, cinnamon fern, and jewelweed. Notable birds include black-throated green warbler, hermit thrush, northern waterthrush, blackburnian warbler, mourning warbler, and scarlet tanager. Jean Brunet Woods is owned by the DNR and was designated a State Natural Area in 2010.


Driving directions

From the corner where State Highway 27 makes a right-angle turn in Cornell, go west on Bridge Street (State Highway 64) for 0.1 mile to Park Road. Turn right on Park Road to the park entrance. Get a park map. The Nordic Trail and Jean Brunet Trail provide access into the site.


Jean Brunet Woods is owned by:

  • WDNR


The DNR's state natural areas program is comprised of lands owned by the state, private conservation organizations, municipalities, other governmental agencies, educational institutions and private individuals. While the majority of SNAs are open to the public, access may vary according to individual ownership policies. Public use restrictions may apply due to public safety, or to protect endangered or threatened species or unique natural features. Lands may be temporarily closed due to specific management activities. Users are encouraged to contact the landowner for more specific details.

The data shown on these maps have been obtained from various sources, and are of varying age, reliability, and resolution. The data may contain errors or omissions and should not be interpreted as a legal representation of legal ownership boundaries.


Very few State Natural Areas have public facilities, but nearly all are open for a variety of recreational activities as indicated below. Generally, there are no picnic areas, restrooms, or other developments. Parking lots or designated parking areas are noted on individual SNA pages and maps. Trails, if present, are typically undesignated footpaths. If a developed trail is present, it will normally be noted on the SNA map and/or under the "Access" tab. A compass and topographic map or a GPS unit are useful tools for exploring larger, isolated SNAs.

Allowable activities

In general, the activities listed below are allowed on all DNR-owned SNA lands. Exceptions to this list of public uses, such as SNAs closed to hunting, are noted under the "Access" tab above and posted with signs on site.

  • Hiking
  • Fishing
  • Cross country skiing
  • Hunting
  • Trapping

Prohibited activities

  • Camping and campfires
  • Collecting of animals (other than legally harvested species), non-edible fungi, rocks, minerals, fossils, archaeological artifacts, soil, downed wood, or any other natural material, alive or dead. Collecting for scientific research requires a permit issued by the DNR
  • Collecting of plants including seeds, roots or other non-edible parts of herbaceous plants such as wildflowers or grasses
  • Geocaching
  • Horseback riding
  • Rock climbing
  • Vehicles, including bicycles, ATVs, aircraft, and snowmobiles except on trails and roadways designated for their use

For rules governing state-owned SNAs and other state lands, please consult Chapter NR 45 Wis. Admin. Code [exit DNR]

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Last revised: Thursday, October 11, 2018