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Brule River State ForestCurrent conditions

As of March 22 we have enjoyed some daytime highs in the 40s and the sunshine has definitely been helping melt the snow pack, especially in the exposed and southerly facing areas. The weekend should be a great opportunity to get outdoors and experience the slow but steady transition to spring. 

Snowshoe Trails

The snowshoe trails at Afterhours are groomed. You can try these out with your snowshoes or fat tire bike (if you’re really adventurous).

Snowmobile trail information

Douglas County has announced the closure of all Snowmobile Trails as of 3-20-2019.


Brule River State Forest events


Fishermen and women are getting excited for the trout opener, as there has been increased interest on river conditions. Downstream from U.S. Hwy. 2 to Lake Superior the season begins on the last Saturday in March and continues through Nov. 15. Fishing is prohibited from one-half hour after sunset to one-half hour before sunrise during this time. Special note: fishing may not begin before 5 a.m. on the first Saturday in May. As of 11 a.m. on March 21, the Brule’s discharge is flowing at just over 160 CFS with a gauge height of 1.71 feet. Ice has gone out as far downstream to where County Highway FF crosses, but remains locked up at Highway 13.

The USGS website [exit DNR] for the Brule River now has time lapse photos of the river near the Ranger Station in Brule, as well as discharge flow and gage height data.

Park Road Bridge
Bois Brule River at bridge on Park Road just upstream from the Copper Rance Campground. March 21, 2019.

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.

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: Friday March 22 2019