The State of Wisconsin recently acquired 48.78 acres of land located within the boundary of the 47,462 acres Brule River State Forest. This acquisition was financed through the Warren Knowles-Gaylord Nelson Stewardship Program. The new addition consists of two tax parcels that abut State Forest land lying north of County Highway B between the Afterhours Road and the Brule mainstem. The property is primarily upland forest with aspen, mixed upland conifers and northern hardwoods and has 1,840 feet of single bank frontage on the Brule. This includes a scenic portion of the river featuring Hall’s Rapids and McVicker’s pool, which lies at the base of the rapids at the mouth of Nebagamon Creek. The new property also contains 1,291 feet of two bank frontage on Nebagamon Creek, the Brule’s largest tributary. The property’s Western boundary lies along 660 feet of the Afterhours Road. Two historic features once crossed the property, the defunct South Shore Railroad grade and a road that ran from Lake Nebagamon to Brule during the early 1900s and crossed the river using the Hall’s Rapids Bridge.

Addition to the Brule River State Forest

Aerial view of new addition looking west. Photo by Dennis Pratt