The Bois Brule River

The Brule River State Forest contains all 44 miles of the Bois Brule River (click on Forest Map for a map of the state forest and the river), one of the best known rivers east of the Mississippi.  For more than 100 years, it has been known as an exceptional trout stream.  The Brule River contains resident brook, brown and rainbow trout.  Lake-run brown and rainbow (steelhead) trout along with coho and chinook salmon migrate up the Brule annually from Lake Superior.

The river itself has 2 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 18 miles to Lake Superior.  Here, flashing cascades tumble over rocks and ledges and between steep river bluffs forested with aspen and balsam fir.

The Forest Map download is a pdf file that require Adobe® Reader®. If you don’t have this software you can download it free by clicking on the link below.

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Enjoying the Brule

There is a mix of public and private land along the Brule River.  Most of the land along the upper river is privately owned.  We urge anglers and canoeists enjoying the river to be aware of the riparian ownership, to be familiar with the current Wisconsin stream access law, and to respect the rights of private landowners.  Details of the current stream access law can be found by clicking on Wisconsin Stream Access Law.

River Flows

The U.S. Geological Survey maintains a stream gauge on the Brule that is part of the National Streamflow Information Program.  To see up to date information on streamflow, click on Brule River Streamflow.  More information about the National Streamflow Information Program can be found by clicking on NSIP.