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Brule River State Forest
6250 South Ranger Rd.
Brule, WI 54820
715-372-5678 – Phone
715-372-4836 – Fax

Wisconsin State Parks and ForestsBrule River State Forest

The Brule River

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COVID-19 Update

An annual park sticker or trail pass is required to visit state parks and trails. Annual park stickers only, can now be purchased online. State trail and other passes can still be purchased over the phone by calling 1-888-305-0398 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., seven days per week. Buy before you go: annual passes are NOT available for purchase at individual properties. Visitors must have an annual admission sticker adhered to their vehicle or proof of purchase for entry.

All restrooms, water fountains, buildings, observation towers and playgrounds are also closed at all state parks and forests. For more information, please see:

Properties may be limiting admission based on capacity. Please make sure to seek out current property information on our website before visiting:

The Brule River State Forest offers exceptional recreational opportunities, including world-class trout fishing, river paddling, wildlife viewing, a 23-mile stretch of the North Country National Scenic Trail, nine miles of Lake Superior shoreline, the Bois Brule Fish Hatchery and much more.

Forest info

The forest contains all 44 miles of the Bois Brule River, one of the best known rivers east of the Mississippi. For over one hundred years, it has been known as an exceptional trout stream. The Brule River contains resident brook, brown and rainbow trout. Lake brown and rainbow (steelhead) trout along with Coho and Chinook salmon migrate up the Brule annually from Lake Superior.

The river itself has two distinct personalities. The upper river (the southern portion) flows through miles of coniferous bog and is fed by numerous springs. When the river crosses the Copper Range, it begins a fall of 328 feet in the eighteen miles to Lake Superior. Here, flashing cascades tumble over rocks and ledges and between steep river bluffs forested with aspen and balsam fir.



Brule River State Forest is in eastern Douglas County in northwestern Wisconsin at 6250 South Ranger Rd. Brule, WI 54820. The property is approximately 30 miles north to south, containing the entire 44 miles of the Bois Brule River.


The town of Brule is located in Douglas County on US Highway 2 between Superior and Ashland. To get to the Brule River State Forest headquarters go south on Ranger Road, which is located just west of town on Highway 2.


A vehicle admission sticker is required for both family campgrounds. A trail pass is required for the After Hours Ski Trail. All hunting and fishing licenses apply. Camping fees are updated annually.

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Management and business

Annual Property Implementation Plans

Implementation plans are posted every year in March and contain:

  • major planned and scheduled forest and habitat management treatments;
  • recreation and infrastructure development projects; and
  • other property management actions.

Planning documents

Master plan

Updated and approved in 2017, the master plan reflects a review of the 2003 plan and sets the management objectives for the next 15 years. The final approved plan and maps are posted online.

Public involvement

In state forest management, operations and monitoring public involvement is part of sustainable forestry. We seek public involvement because we believe people, communities, organizations and businesses realize the potential public benefits of state forests and are willing to work to further the goals of sustainable forestry.

Timber sale program

The state forests are managed sustainably for multiple uses. Active timber management is a part of that overall effort on many parts of each forest. Timber is advertised for sale typically from one to three times annually, depending on the size of the forest. The DNR timber sale pages have more information about the timber sale program. Specific timber sale information can be found on the Brule River State Forest timber sale program page as well.

Last Revised: Thursday May 07 2020