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Brule River State ForestCurrent conditions

The 3 inches of snow that came on Tuesday night and Wednesday will likely stay, at least for a few days, as daytime high temperatures are expected to remain below freezing for the next week. 
The deer have been extremely active as of late.  It seems any time of day or night, deer can be found somewhere along the roadways.  The likelihood of deer-vehicle crashes increases with these shorter days and the unpredictable rutting behavior of the deer.   Slow down and watch for deer—especially at night!

Forest wetland in snow. - Photo credit: DNR
Forest wetland in snow at the Brule River.Photo credit: DNR

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

River

A reminder that fishing on the Brule closes November 15. 

The dry weather for the past week has allowed the Brule River flow to steadily drop.  Although flow is still above average, river conditions are much better now for fishing and for a late fall paddle trip.. Be sure you canoe or kayak within your abilities. Bois Brule River Data (USGS) [exit DNR].

Trout and salmon migrating upstream in the Brule River are monitored with digital video equipment as they pass through the fish ladder at the lamprey barrier.  Year to year comparisons are made in fish populations and sizes.  2017 data is the most recent information available.  It can be viewed here [PDF].


Hunting
Deer archery hunting is in full swing and with the snow on the ground and winter in the air, deer hunters are getting anxious for the start of deer gun season now only 9 days away.  Deer harvest numbers are available on the DNR website.  This page also contains a link to Wisconsin’s Deer Metric System.   Metrics are used to measure or evaluate various aspects of deer management such as harvest and populations trends, hunter surveys, deer health and impacts.

Be sure to visit dnr.wi.gov, Keyword huntingto find links to regulations and tips that pertain to the type of hunting you are planning to do this fall. 

Be sure to check the regulations for any hunting you may be doing this season.

Trails

In preparation for the upcoming fall hunting season, staff has been busy mowing trails and doing trail maintenance.  We invite you to explore the many miles of hiking, historical and hunting trails within the Brule River State Forest. With cooler weather just around the bend, this is a perfect way to enjoy some leisure time with friends or family.

New snowshoe bridge under construction. - Photo credit: DNR
Work is not underway on the trail approach. Photo credit: DNR
Bridge Work

The new bridge on the Coyote Loop of  the snowshoe trail at the AfterHours trail system is nearly complete.  Work is underway on the trail and bridge approach.

New snowshoe bridge under construction. - Photo credit: DNR
New snowshoe bridge almost complete. Photo credit: DNR

Camping

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.

If a little snow and cold is right up your alley—remember our campgrounds are open all winter! All sites are first-come, first-served from November 15 until March 28.

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 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.

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

Selfie Stand Installed

New

A new Selfie Stand was installed on the south side of the Ranger Station overlooking the Brule River.  Come check it out!

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 web page or calling 1-888-WIS-BURN (947-2876). Information is updated each day at 11 a.m.

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: Friday November 09 2018