Situated at the confluence of Route 64 and Route 27, Brunet Island State Park is easily accessible from Eau Claire and the surrounding towns of central Wisconsin. Just over a two-hour drive from Minneapolis, MN, consider Brunet Island State Park camping to escape the stresses of big city life.
The park is named after Jean Brunet, a French immigrant who once lived here and played an integral role in the development of the Chippewa River. His contributions included the construction of the first dam and sawmills in the area, remnants of which can be seen today. Opened as a state park in 1940, you can enjoy its diverse landscapes and unique flora and fauna.
Formed by the joining of the Chippewa and Fisher Rivers, Brunet Island State Park boasts great opportunities for recreational activities on both dry land and on water. Book an RV in Chippewa County today to begin planning your next getaway.
Surrounded on all sides by the Fisher and Chippewa Rivers, Brunet Island State Park is a mecca for any water lovers with an RV rental nearby. For those that have a boat in tow, there is a ramp for both powerboats and fishing boats that give you access to a four-mile stretch of pristine Chippewa River. If you need to rent one, head to one of the outfitters in nearby Cornell, and rent a canoe for the duration of your stay there. Whilst out on the water, have a go at catching tonight’s dinner! Expect to find anything here from northern pike to smallmouth bass, but don’t forget to get yourself a Wisconsin fishing license before you start. Finish off your day of water activities with a refreshing dip in the river at the roped-off swimming area.
If you are looking for somewhere to stretch your legs while you are camping at Brunet Island State Park, choose from one of the six hiking trails that stretch across eight miles of varied landscapes. Consider completing a section of The Old Abe Trail for a chance to witness vibrant wildflowers and indulge in a spot of bird watching. Originally an old rail track, this trail stretches to Cornell. However, those wishing for a shorter walk can simply turn back at any point and return to Brunet State Park. On your adventures, keep a lookout for bald eagles nesting high in the trees, kingfishers looking for their next meal or a family of otters playing in the shallows.
If you are looking for a challenge, complete the totality of The Old Abe Trail by bike. Starting from Brunet State Park and ending in Cornell, cyclists will be able to cover just less than twenty miles of flat terrain in around half a day. Either bring your own bike or rent one from the helpful outfitters in Cornell. For those who don’t want to venture too far, consider completing one of the cycling loops that stay within the parameters of Brunet Island State Park.
Camping at Brunet Island State Park
When you rent a camper near Brunet Island State Park, you will need somewhere to park it up for the night. Luckily, there are two campgrounds located within the state park itself that provide adequate facilities for over 70 rental RV’s. Both campgrounds operate on a first-come-first-served basis, so arrive early during the peak season to guarantee a spot.
Consider parking up at the South Campground for a site that comes equipped with electrical hookups. Although there are no water hookups at this camp, the campground provides modern washroom facilities with hot showers and flushing toilets. The bathroom facilities, as well as several campsites, are ADA accessible.
While the South Campground is suitable for those hoping for a lavish motorhome camping experience, The North Campground caters to those that put beauty over comfort. Scattered along the shoreline of the Chippewa River, campers can choose from 45 primitive camping sites all that come equipped with a fire pit and picnic table.
Camping with an RV near Brunet Island State Park can also be a weekend of luxury if you opt to stay at Crosby’s on the Chippewa. Boasting scenic spots along the river that all come equipped with full hook-ups, all there is left to do is sit back and enjoy the peaceful surroundings.
Exploring the Area
Surrounded by small towns and heaps of luscious greenery, it is better to head to Chippewa Falls if you are looking for some more city-based attractions.
Irvine Park Zoo is located in the middle of Chippewa Falls and is great fun for the whole family. Established in 1909, the zoo has grown from one simple bear enclosure to a park that encompasses over 300 acres of space, with a continually improving selection of animals on show. Free to enter, the whole family can spend the day interacting with the animals at the petting zoo, having a picnic next to the scenic dam and learning about the history of the park and its animals in the interactive museum.
The Chippewa Falls Museum of Industry and Technology is a must-see for anyone renting an RV in the area. Since its inception in 1998, the museum has been determined to preserve the history of the Chippewa Falls and the unique innovations in technology and industry that were conceived there. This includes anything from The Seymour Cray Supercomputer Collection to interactive exhibitions that focus on environmental efforts in the area. Run solely by volunteers and by the kind donations of its visitors, and this is a cause worth supporting.
While in town don’t forget to visit the Chippewa Moraine at the Ice Age Interpretive Center. Located along the Ice Age National Scenic Trail, this small interpretive center provides an interesting glimpse into the cultural, geological and natural history of the surrounding area. There are many hands-on exhibitions including holding a snake and feeding the turtles or completing a scavenger hunt to learn about the natural flora here.