Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest
tall stand of large thick red pine with forest road and bike rider
Brule River campground


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Brule River campground is a beautiful campground located right at the border of Wisconsin and Upper Michigan. The most notable feature of the campground is the stately stand of red pine. It's unusual to find a forest of this size in the area. That is not all the site has to offer though. Immediately bordering the campground is the Brule River. In this stretch, the Brule River is very slow and a bit swampy in nature with thick alder on the shores. This makes it a great spot for canoeing. One thing you will notice is the red tint to the river which is caused by bogs and swamplands staining the water.

Sites in the campground are very nice, with a good deal of privacy and space. You will probably hear some road noise while camping at Brule River simply because the campground borders highway 55/73. Other than the road noise, this is a fairly remote and interesting location in the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest. The border here with the Ottawa National Forest means you are in some pretty wild country by Midwestern standards. Keep your eyes peeled for rare animals such as fisher, pine martens and wolves.


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Brule River campground facts:

Video Tour available: No
Open: April 23 to October 6
Sites: 11
Laundry: No
Showers: No
Dump Station: No
Store: No(10.24 miles to the town of Iron River, Michigan)
Fee: $10
Parking apron: 12x50
Ranger District: Florence
Handicapped Accessible: No
Toilets: Yes(vault) | Tables: Yes | Fire rings: Yes
Water: Yes(hand pump)
Elevation: 1,550 feet
Fishing: Yes (Brule River - brook trout)
Generator: Yes
Gas: No(
10.24 miles to the town of Iron River, Michigan)
Repairs: No(
10.24 miles to the town of Iron River, Michigan)

campground information board with tall red pine and hand water pump

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Image note: Picture was taken a long time ago while enjoying a tour of the Chequamegon-Nicolet national forest. This is a pretty national forest and is definitely worth a stop if you are in the area. Many people will find these national forests a welcome relief from the overdevelopment that occurs in most of the Midwest.


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