Canoeing the Brule River, Wisconsin

Expert paddler Mike Svob has been canoeing and kayaking the rivers of the Midwest for 30 years. He paddled more than a thousand miles to complete these books. Below are brief descriptions of the canoe trips that Mike goes into detail with in his books with maps. The maps are very useful, showing rapids, take in and take out points and other things of interest.


Brule River 1- Hwy 55 to Hwy 139 in Forest County. 13,5 miles. This section of river is suitable for novices except when the water is high.. Camping is allowed anywhere on national forest land but prior permission must be obtained to camp on Michigan DNR land. For info on water levels call the US Forest Service 715-528-4464. Put in at Brule River Campground near Nelma, Wi. just south of the Michigan border. Take out at the right side of the Hwy 139 bridge. There is parking for a few cars.

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Brule River 2-Hwy 139 to Forest Road 2150 in Florence County. 16.2 miles. This section is winding with a few Class I and II rapids. Novices should scout and possibly portage some of the rapids. Camping is allowed on national forest land. Water levels are fairly constant. . Put in at the Hwy 139 bridge. At the 14 mile point comes Two Foot Falls. Two miles further take out at Forest Road 2150 on the right. The landing is easy to miss. A house comes into view on a hill before the landing and you will see concrete remains of old bridge pilings on the left side of the river opposite the landing.

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Brule River 3- Forest Road 2150 to the Brule Flowage in Florence County. 14 miles. This is a nice wilderness sectio of the river. Camping is sparse because most of the land is privately owned.Put in at river right landing at the end of Forest Road 2150. Take out on the right of the WEPCO Brule Rec. Area #28. To get to the access area take Chapin Rd. north out of Florence and turn left at the Y intersection onto River Landing Rd.

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