Wisconsin's Chippewa River flows for 183 miles through the state's west-central and northwestern areas. Just north of Cornell, in Chippewa County, lies Brunet Island State Park. Comprising more than 1,300 acres of beautiful, natural scenery, the park features a 168-acre river island as well as a chunk of territory on the east bank of the river.
Open all year round, Brunet Island State Park is home to picture-perfect scenery and plenty of opportunities for some outdoor fun. If you love water sports, the park boasts quiet lagoons and channels that are perfect for canoeing and kayaking. A designated swimming area (which is off-limits to pets) is popular during the summer months, while anglers can target northern pike, walleye, smallmouth bass, catfish, crappie, and more.
If you think the best way to explore nature is on foot, there are eight miles of hiking trails winding their way through the park. This includes almost two miles of the Ice Age National Scenic Trail, and Brunet Island State Park is also a favorite spot for geocaching.
On the south and west sides of Brunet Island, you'll find almost 20 acres of picnic area. This offers the perfect spot to enjoy lunch against the backdrop of some spectacular river views, while a playground and ball diamond are also provided.
Brunet Island State Park's campgrounds feature more than 60 sites and can accommodate tents and RVs. The park even features a dedicated pet run area between the north and south campgrounds, which offers river access and provides an area where pets are allowed on leash. Speaking of your pet, they'll need to be kept on a leash of eight feet or shorter at all times and must be under control. Make sure you stick to all posted rules about where your dog is and isn't allowed to go, and remember to dispose of their waste.
If you're willing to be a responsible owner, there's nothing to stop you enjoying a dog-friendly camping getaway in this wonderful state park.