Photo by Stonehouse Photography
Even though Brule is a town of 600, there's no shortage of things to do. Whether you're drinking coffee on the porch, kayaking the Brule, or shopping in Canal Park, you will never be bored.
The Bois Brule ("Burning Wood") River is the best-known river in the Lake Superior watershed. The upper river (to the south) is fed by numerous springs and flows through coniferous bogs. The tannins from the tamarack trees is what gives the river its root beer-like color.
Known as the "River of Presidents," five US presidents summered on the resort Cedar Island. Calvin Coolidge in particular appreciated the fishing, dubbing Cedar Island the "Summer White House." This river is famed especially for its trout fishing, revered for its prolific mayfly and stone fly hatches. Follow this link to read more about how President Coolidge managed the nation from Cedar Island.
The lower river (near Brule, WI) falls 328 feet over 18 miles through the rocky Copper Range region. Here, flashing cascades tumble over rocks and ledges and between steep river bluffs forested with aspen and balsam fir. This makes the Brule especially good for canoeing and kayaking, with a number of available runs that vary from short and flat to longer and more adventurous.
- Canoeing and Kayaking at Brule River Canoe Rental
- Fly Fishing at Musky Country Outfitters
- Steelhead Fishing at Fly By Night Guide Service
- Trout Fishing at Arrowhead Fly Angler Guide Service
Hiking and Sightseeing
There are a number of trails and overlooks that surround the rocky Copper Range region. We recommend:
- Mouth of the Brule - Short walk down to a stone/sand beach from a parking lot with picnic area (4 miles along Brule River Road)
- Stoney Hill Nature Trail - 1.7 mi loop at Bois Brule Campground (1 mile south of Hwy 2 on Ranger Rd)
- Historic Bayfield Road Loop - 2.25 mi loop at Copper Range Campground (west end of Park Road)
- May's Ledges - scenic view down the stairs at parking lot on the west end of Koski Rd
- More hiking in the Brule River State Forest
Food & Drink
There are a few restaurants in Brule and the surrounding areas.
- Twin Gables Cafe & Lounge: Family dining in Brule serving all the breakfast, lunch, and dinner classics (including pie)
- Kro Bar & Grill: Enjoy a drink and some food in the bar or on the patio in Brule
- Round Up North: Old-world Italian has a home in Brule (although their fish fry is pretty great, too)
- Pizza Parlor: Bar-style pizza along with all the classics in Iron River
- Subway: Located in Iron River in the Little Store gas station
- A&W: Drive-in in Iron River
There are also plenty more places to eat located in Iron River, Lake Nebagamon, Superior, and Duluth.
The Cenex gas station in Brule has essentials (including a new, larger beer cave), but the nearest grocery store is Iron River Foods in Iron River.