Established in 1907, the 47,000-acre Brule River State Forest is rich in natural and cultural history. Located in eastern Douglas County in northwestern Wisconsin, the property is approximately 30 miles north to south, containing the entire 44 miles of the Bois Brule River. The Brule River State Forest offers exceptional recreational opportunities, including wildlife viewing, five State Natural Areas, a 16-mile stretch of the North Country National Scenic Trail, eight miles of frontage on Lake Superior, the Bois Brule State Fish Hatchery, and much more.
This historic trail, a segment of the North Country National Scenic Trail, may be the oldest in Wisconsin. It was in use by Native Americans in 1680, when European explorers began using it. The trail is mostly unchanged today, save for plaques which remember historic figures who used the trail. It is in use year round, for hiking and snowshoeing.