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Brule River State ForestCurrent conditions

Brule River State Forest.

We have seen some warm summer days interspersed with cooler more spring-like days over the past week. Trees are leafing out in their brilliant green of spring, coloring the landscape. Marsh marigolds and wood violets are in bloom and ferns are starting to unfurl.

Canoeing, kayaking and camping are gearing up with the approach of summer.  The lack of rain has allowed the river flow rate to slowly drop as well.  It is currently slightly below the seasonal average, but is more than adequate for enjoying a relaxing paddle trip on the river.

Campgrounds are still pretty quiet—especially during the week, but the upcoming Memorial Day weekend is typically the kick-off for a busy camping season.

Burning permits

Wildfire season is in full swing. Sunshine, low humidity and windy conditions can quickly increase the fire danger level. 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


Boat landing closed: Last fall, a violent storm, combined with high water levels on Lake Superior, eroded the road leading to the boat landing. The boat landing at the mouth of the Brule River remains closed until further notice.
Posted 03/28/2018

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 May 17 2018