Brule River State Forest

  • The Brule River State forest is home to the Brule River, a premiere trout fishing stream

    The Brule River State forest is home to the Brule River, a premiere trout fishing stream
  • Canoes at Stones Bridge photo by Catherine Khalar

    Canoes at Stones Bridge photo by Catherine Khalar
  • Photo by Catherine Khalar

    Photo by Catherine Khalar
  • Photo by Catherine Khalar

    Photo by Catherine Khalar
  • Photo by Catherine Khalar

    Photo by Catherine Khalar

The Brule River State Forest contains all 44 miles of the famous 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.

Hours of Operation

6am-11pm.

Directions

From Brule, drive west 0.5 mile on US Hwy 2 to South Ranger Road. Turn south 2 miles to state forest headquarters at 6250 S Ranger Rd. You'll find a parking area at the ranger station and at entry points to the river.

Features

  • On Water
  • Disabled Access

Campground Type

  • Backpack
  • Tent

Number of Campsites

  • 35

Fishing style

  • Fly
  • Inland Lake / River

Trail Length (miles)

  • 26

Toilets

  • Yes

Fish Type

  • Brook Trout
  • Brown Trout
  • Rainbow Trout

Shelter

  • Yes

Kayak

  • Yes

Trails

  • Yes

River

  • Yes

Publicly Owned

  • Yes

Natural Attractions Type

  • Parks, Forests, Trails

Cross-Country Skiing/Snowshoeing Trail Type

  • Tracked
  • Flat
  • Hilly
  • Wooded
  • Ski Skating

Snowshoeing

  • Yes

Canoe

  • Yes

Ski Skating

  • Yes

State and National Trails

  • Yes