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Brule River State ForestCurrent conditions

Temperatures this week started out mild and some light rain and mist in the area have made roads and access areas very slippery.  There is no significant snow in our forecast, but there is some very cold weather coming our way with highs barely above zero.
The Bayfield Trail parking lot has been opened if you’re looking for a one mile loop to check out with your snowshoes. 


Brule River in snow. - Photo credit: DNR
Winneboujou Landing Photo credit: DNR

Free Fishing Weekend

January 19–20 2019 is Free Fishing Weekend in Wisconsin. People looking to get out the ice fishing gear or stop in at some events throughout the state can check the DNR website.


Afterhours Cross Country Ski Trails

Current ski trail conditions are on the trail conditions page.

Recent warm temps and light mist have iced over the trail system.  The Afterhours ski trails will be ripped up and regroomed for this upcoming weekend. Brave the environment carefully in the coming days or just bundle up and find something to do indoors!

.  2019 Trail Passes are required for skiing.

You can also check on ski trail conditions at:


Snowmobile Trails

Snowmobile trail information

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


Brule River State Forest events

Feb. 2 is Learn to Ski Days at the Afterhours Ski Trail.  The events start at 12:30 p.m. at the Ski Trail Trailhead.  Free cross country ski lessons for both children and adults in both the classic and skate styles will be offered.
Ski rental equipment will be available until 3 p.m., but only for those who pre-register and are present to check out equipment at noon. The cost for rental skis, boots, and poles is $5 for youths 12 and younger and $15 for others. Pre-register by 7 p.m. Jan. 31, for Feb. 2. Call Bob Cragin, 218-348-5200 or Phil Anderson, 715-372-5004 to register. For each person renting ski equipment, provide name, whether classic or skate-style equipment is desired, shoe size, whether the shoe size is a child or adult size, and sex, age, and approximate weight and height. Please also leave your name and telephone number.

Saturday, Feb. 16 is the Brule River Candlelight Ski and Snowshoe from 5-9 p.m.


A reminder the fishing season on the lower Brule closed November 15. 

Want to take a look at the river? 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. The dry weather for the past week has allowed the Brule River flow to steadily drop. 

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.

Consider getting out the camping equipment again.  Our campgrounds are still open for business!  With the weather as it  has been lately,  it could be a great way to spend a weekend. All sites are first-come, first-served from November 15 until March 28. State Parks & Forests Vehicle Admission Stickers are 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 January 18 2019