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Brule River State ForestCurrent conditions

Boat landing closed: The boat landing at the mouth of the Brule River remains closed until further notice.

Clouds, cooler temperatures with highs in the 60s, and some rain August 1 was a refreshing change.  But temperatures in the 80s are in store again for the coming week.  Additional rain may be headed our way over the weekend, too.  But there is still plenty of summer left, so get out there and enjoy it while you can!

Trout Rearing Station is Filling Up!

126,000 Seeforellen brown trout were delivered to the Brule River Trout Rearing Station today. An additional 90,000 will be brought in over the next few days. The eggs of these Seeforellen brown trout originated in Lake Michigan, “eyed up” at the Wild Rose Hatchery, and hatched at the Bayfield Hatchery. Before being trucked to Brule and unloaded by hand, the fish were processed through the Fish and Wildlife Services’ auto-clipping trailer. The trailer can measure, count, and clip the adipose fins of 5,000 fish per hour. The fins are clipped so that they are identifiable as hatchery fish after they have been stocked. The fish currently average 3 inches in length at a weight of 82 fish per pound. They will spend nearly a year here in the outdoor ponds and raceways until they are stocked in Lake Superior next June. At that time they are expected to be 6-8 inches in length and weigh in at 8-10 fish per pound. The Brule River Trout Rearing Station is open to the public and free to visit. Come see us.

Transferring Brown Trout - Photo credit: DNR
Transferring brown trout to the Brule River Trout Rearing Station.
Transferring Brown Trout - Photo credit: DNR
Brown trout fingerlings.
Transferring Brown Trout - Photo credit: DNR
Transferring brown trout to the rearing pond.












mild and sunny days are great for canoeing and kayaking the river. Fishermen are taking advantage of these beautiful summer days as well. River levels are just right for these activities. Be sure you canoe or kayak within your abilities Bois Brule River Data (USGS) [exit DNR].


Site 31
Campsite 31 in the Copper Range Campground.

About half of our campsites are reservable (but you have to reserve at least 48 hours in advance), the rest of the sites are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Campground use has been steady, but the campgrounds are seldom full. Bois Brule campground has a total of 22 campsites, 11 sites are first-come-first-served. Five of these are hike-in sites, the other 6 are drive-in sites. The Copper Range campground currently has a total of 15 campsites, 6 sites are first-come-first-served. A new hike-in first-come, first-served site is now open at Copper Range.  Two additional hike-in sites will be ready for use in another month.

If you don’t have a reservation, get here early and chances are you’ll be able to nab one of our first-come-first-served sites.

You can reserve campsites at Bois Brule and Copper Range campgrounds at [exit DNR]. Search for “Brule River State Forest”.

Burning permits

Fire danger in the area is Low; however with the recent dry weather and lack of significant rain in the forecast, the fire danger level can change quickly. If you have debris or brush to burn, get a burning permit and follow the rules of the day. You can learn about fire danger conditions and burning permit requirements by checking the Wisconsin burning permits webpage or calling 1-888-WIS-BURN (947-2876). Information is updated each day at 11 a.m.

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 August 03 2018