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Brule River State ForestCurrent conditions

Last week over 150,000 trees were planted In the State Forest!  Planting site preparation on nearly 180 acres of previously logged landscape took place in the fall of 2018.  This was accomplished with the use of a large disc trencher.  The machinery turns up soil and debris in rows, providing an excellent planting/growing environment for the new seedlings.  Just over two thirds of the trees planted were Red Pine, with approximately 46,000 being Jack Pine.  The seedlings were three year old bare root stock, all hand planted by a crew contracted by the DNR and overseen by Forestry staff.  Planters on the crew are so efficient and hard-working; a single member can plant in excess of 5,000 trees in one day.  With the spring snowstorm we experienced last Wednesday into Thursday, the crew was planting in a snow covered area on Friday 5/10, but soil conditions were nearly ideal with good moisture levels and warm temperatures to follow.

A skidder for tree planting.
disc trencher
A disc trencher for tree planting.
Seedlings in the snow.
red pines
Red pines.
planiting crew
Planting crew. Photo credit: DNR

Bois Brule River

Since the snowstorm that passed through the area last week, the river level crested at a gauge height of 2.64’ and a flow of nearly 400cfs. It has steadily decreased with the nicer weather we have had and it is flowing at 268cfs at 2.18’ as of 1:00pm Thursday 5/16. Keep an eye on the river’s discharge on your own!

Keep an eye on the river’s discharge on the USGS website [exit DNR] for the Brule River, which now has time lapse photos of the river near the Ranger Station in Brule, as well as discharge flow and gage height data.


Brule River State Forest events

Spring Burning Reminders and Restrictions

Although we have had plenty of rain and snow recently, it doesn’t take long for fire danger to change.  The fact that forests and fields have yet to green-up means conditions are still very favorable for wildfires to take place. .

The state burn hotline 1-888-WIS-BURN (947-2876) and the DNR website will provide you with the most up to date fire restrictions and burning information.  These restrictions are updated daily at 11 a.m., and will inform you if burning is allowed, the legal hours, the size limitations or if burning has been suspended altogether.  Sunshine, low humidity and windy conditions can quickly increase the fire danger level.  Learn more on obtaining a burning permit or call 1-888-WIS-BURN (947-2876).

Welcome to the Brule video

A new “Welcome to the Brule River!” video contains some gorgeous views of the forest, Bois Brule river and Lake Superior shoreline. The video is less than 4 minutes in length and contains some important information about paddling the river. Check it out!

Welcome to the Brule River


Don't move firewood!

Don't move firewood!Due to the potential of carrying harmful tree pests and diseases, Wisconsin has restrictions for moving firewood.

Activity in the campgrounds here has slowly been increasing, as weather conditions and temps improve, camping can be very enjoyable April! The opportunity of getting out and exploring the river, as well as the forest, this time of year is very unique and can be a narrow window, as spring inevitably wins the battle over winter.

All sites are first-come, first-served from November 15 until March 28. A Vehicle Admission Sticker is required for camping.

Additional resources

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 13 2019