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Brule River State ForestCurrent conditions

Canada Geese 2-14-18

Canada Geese

Over halfway through February already, and it’s been a mixed bag weather-wise. The month started off cold with lows below zero nearly every night—but yesterday’s high temperature was in the mid 40 degrees! While the warm weather was a nice break, spring is not here quite yet. Colder temperatures and snow are in the forecast for early next week.

Even though spring isn’t here yet, there are signs that it is coming. Daylight is noticeably longer than just a few weeks ago. Migrating Canada geese have been moving through the area, looking for open water where they can rest and feed as they head further north. Mallards, too, have been making their way into the area. It won’t be long now!

After Hours Ski Trail

The River View Loppet ski races for youth and adults in the skate and classic styles, will be on March 3 at After Hours Ski Trails. This race is sponsored jointly by the Brule Valley Ski Club, the Brule River State Forest, and the Brule Lions Club. Check out the Ski Club’s website [exit DNR] for more information and a registration form. You can check on ski trail conditions at:

WinterFest at Pattison State Park

Pattison State Park is hosting Winterfest on Saturday, February 24 from 4—8 PM. There will be crafts, a bonfire, chili, 'smores, hot chocolate and coffee, sledding, snowshoeing and a candlelight snowshoe hike. This event is sponsored by the Friends of Amnicon & Pattison State Parks.

Snowmobile trail information

Below are links for trail condition reports on the local snowmobile trails.

Additional resources

Boat landing closed: The boat landing at the mouth of the Brule River is closed until further notice. High Lake Superior water levels combined a violent storm on the lake earlier this week have eroded the road leading to the boat landing.
Posted 10/27/2017

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 February 15 2018