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Located on the banks of the Bois Brule River in the northwestern corner of Wisconsin, Brule River State Forest is heaven on Earth for outdoor enthusiasts. If you love nature, escaping the city, and indulging in outdoor adventures, the list of features in this 45,000-plus-acre park will have you licking your lips.
Some of the highlights include excellent trout fishing, beautiful river paddling, hiking on the North Country Scenic Trail, and several miles of shoreline on spectacular Lake Superior. And with two campgrounds catering to the needs of RV and tent campers alike, Brule River State Forest is a wonderful spot for anyone looking to enjoy a peaceful camping vacation.
With the forest running along the entire 44 miles of the Bois Brule River, it won't surprise you to learn that water sports are the number-one attraction for Brule River State Forest campers.
For many campers, that means it's essential to bring your fishing gear so you can try your luck catching a variety of species. The river is well-known as one of the best trout streams anywhere in the United States, with large numbers of brook, brown, and rainbow trout calling its cool waters home. Coho and Chinook salmon also migrate along the river, which attracts tens of thousands of anglers each year. However, you'll need to have a valid fishing license if you want to try to catch anything here.
The other main pastime on the river is paddling. Due to conditions that see it offer everything from lazy meandering to white-knuckle rapids, the river has something for everyone to enjoy. If you're just after a relaxing cruise, the section from Stones Bridge to Winneboujou will be right up your alley. Anyone feeling a little more adventurous can tackle the class II Little Joe Rapids found not far from the Bois Brule Campground, or tackle the even more challenging conditions further to the north.
If you'd rather do your exploring on land, there are several great hiking trails in Brule River State Forest as well. If you're after a short but scenic hike, the Stoney Hill Nature Trail starts at the Bois Brule Campground and wanders for just under two miles.
If you want something a little longer, you might want to trek the 16 miles of the North Country Scenic Trail that pass through the forest. It's a challenging journey, but well worth it if you want to truly experience the diverse terrain the forest has to offer.
There are two campgrounds to choose from here, so search for a rental RV in Douglas County before you decide where to set up camp at Brule River State Forest for the night.
The Bois Brule Campground offers 22 campsites, 17 of which are pull-in sites and five sites that are walk-to only. Vault toilets and a hand pump for drinking water are provided. One site is designed to be accessible for people with disabilities, while other features include easy access to the nearby canoe launching point and the Stoney Hill Nature Trail.
The Copper Range Campground is found just over four miles north of Highway 2 and features 15 campsites. Due to its proximity to fishing spots and canoe trails, it's especially popular with anglers. Amenities include a hand pump for drinking water, a vault toilet, and easy access to a canoe launching area. One wheelchair-accessible site is also available.
Pets are welcome in the forest, but they must be kept on a leash at all times. You'll also need to clean up after your furry friend whenever necessary. Finally, those camping at Brule River State Forest should be aware that because some roads in the forest can be narrow, particularly in the Bois Brule Campground, it's recommended that you check out the route before trying to navigate it with your camper rental.
There's plenty to see, do, and enjoy when you camp with an RV at Brule River State Forest — and not just within the boundaries of the forest. There's no shortage of other excellent attractions nearby, so it's well worth taking a few detours to check out the surrounding area.
For example, if you want to check out more of the beautiful natural scenery included in the Wisconsin state parks system, make the 20-minute drive northwest to Amnicon Falls State Park.
If you're a history buff, you'll probably want to continue on to Superior to check out the Richard I. Bong Veterans Historical Center.
And if you want to head into Minnesota, Duluth is less than 45 minutes away. When you get there, make sure you include a trip to the Lake Superior Zoo in your itinerary.
That's just a quick sample of some of the nearby highlights, so do some research to decide where you'd like to head next. Then rent a camper near Brule River State Forest and get ready for the ultimate outdoor adventure.