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Brule River State Forest

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Brule-River-State-ForestThe Brule River state forest contains all 44 miles of the Bois Brule River, one of the best known rivers east of the Mississippi.

For over one hundred years, it has been known as an exceptional trout stream. The Brule River contains resident brook, brown and rainbow trout. Lake brown and rainbow (steelhead) trout along with Coho and Chinook salmon migrate up the Brule annually from Lake Superior.

The river itself has two distinct personalities. The upper river (the southern portion) flows through miles of coniferous bog and is fed by numerous springs. When the river crosses the Copper Range, it begins a fall of 328 feet in the eighteen miles to Lake Superior. Here, flashing cascades tumble over rocks and ledges and between steep river bluffs forested with aspen and balsam fir.


Brule River State Forest is in eastern Douglas County in northwestern Wisconsin at 6250 South Ranger Rd. Brule, WI 54820. The property is approximately 30 miles north to south, containing the entire 44 miles of the Bois Brule River.


The town of Brule is located in Douglas County on US Highway 2 between Superior and Ashland. To get to the Brule River State Forest headquarters go south on Ranger Road, which is located just west of town on Highway 2.


A vehicle admission sticker is required for both family campgrounds. A trail pass is required for the After Hours Ski Trail. All hunting and fishing licenses apply. Camping fees are updated annually.

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