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Brule River State ForestCurrent conditions

A bit of a warm up is on the way for the weekend, with highs forecast in the teens to low 20s. It should be a great time to get out and enjoy the weather and the trails.

Afterhours Cross-country Ski Trails

Current ski trail conditions are on the trail conditions page.

After Hours Ski Chalet.

A daily ski pass is $5, an annual pass (valid through Dec. 31, 2020) is $25. Trail passes are required for skiers 16 years of age and older. You can self-register for passes at the ski trail.  Annual passes will be mailed to you.

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 Trails

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


Brule River State Forest events

Bois Brule River

Ice is forming near the banks of most of the river, and there have been reports that some portions of slower stretches closer to the mouth are completely ice covered. Fishing on the Brule River closed Friday Nov. 15. 

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.

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.

If a little snow and cold is right up your alley. Remember that the campgrounds in the Brule River State Forest are open all winter! All sites are first-come, first-serve starting Nov. 16  until the last Friday in March. For next summer you can make a reservation online or by calling 1-888-947-2757.

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 January 09 2020