In the northernmost corner of Wisconsin, at the southwestern tip of Lake Superior, Brule River State Forest has almost 47,000 acres of outdoor recreation area. It is the fourth largest Wisconsin state park and offers a wide variety of recreational activities.
The Brule River State Forest is also home to Cedar Island Lodge, the “Summer White House” where several US presidents and generals have vacationed. At Brule River State Forest, there’s plenty to keep your entire family and furry friends entertained all-year-round.
One of the park’s highlights is its world-class trout fishing, bountiful wildlife to view, eight miles of Lake Superior shores, and the 16-mile section of the North Country National Scenic Trail. Additionally, the park offers 44 miles of the Bois Brule River, which is one one of the best east of the Mississippi. The river is an excellent source of rainbow trout, as well as coho and chinook salmon annually.
For other recreation, the Brule River State Forest offers multi-use trails, hiking trails, camping, backpacking, swimming, picnicking, and even winter activities like cross-country skiing, snowmobiling, and ATV-ing. If you go hiking and bring your dog, be prepared with waste bags and plenty of water. Be respectful of posted signs where dogs may not be permitted at the Brule River State Forest.
Admission to all Wisconsin state parks requires a park admission sticker, which can be purchased upon arrival or online for daily rates or an annual fee. Stickers start at $8 for Wisconsin residents and $11 for other out-of-state vehicles. Dogs are allowed in most campgrounds in Wisconsin state parks, trails, and roads, but must be kept leashed and under control.
Leashes cannot be longer than eight feet. Do not permit your dog to disturb wildlife or become a nuisance to others. In Northern Wisconsin on the shores of Lake Superior, the Brule River State Forest has an abundance of space and recreation activities for you, your furry companion, and your whole family to get out and enjoy the great outdoors.