Boise Brule River Paddling Guide

By Nick Pritchard

The Boise Brule River is a north woods gem that flows north for 44 miles until it reaches Lake Superior. The Brule is best known for it’s abundant wildlife, trout fishing, great paddling, and it’s serenity. Many presidents have also visited the Brule River including President Coolidge who spent the summer of 1928 at his lodge on the river.

The Brule River has something to offer every paddler from flat water to exciting whitewater and a breath-taking paddle out onto Lake Superior. The character of the river also varies from coniferous bog to steep clay banks lined with aspen and balsam fir.

All 44 miles of the Brule River are located in the Brule River State Forest. It has many put ins/take outs making it easy to find a section that is just right for you. There are also numerous outfitters in the area that can help you with all of your equipment/shuttle needs.

Some of the more popular day trips include:

  • County S to Highway 2
    • 12 miles
    • Mostly flat water with a few rapids mixed in and beautiful scenery
  • Highway 2 to Pine Tree Landing
    • 8 miles
    • Quiet scenic flat water
  • Pine Tree Landing to Highway 13
    • 7.5 miles
    • Offers continuous whitewater including some fun Class II ledges
  • Highway 13 to Lake Superior
    • 8 miles
    • Characterized by easy riffles and ends with a memorable paddle out onto Lake Superior

Camping is available at Copper Range Campground and Boise Brule Campground, both are located on the river.

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources has put together this video with some great information about visiting the Boise Brule River State Forest.


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