Bois Brule River

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Bois Brule River near Winneboujou, Wisconsin

The Bois Brule River (most often referred to as the Brule River) is a river situated in Douglas County, Wisconsin, United States, near the county's eastern border with Bayfield County. The river, which is 43.9 miles (70.7 km) long,[1] rises in central Douglas County near Upper St. Croix Lake, flows through the Brule River State Forest and drains into Lake Superior.

The river is called Wiisaakode-ziibi ("A river through a half-burnt woods") in the Anishinaabe language, which was translated into French and incorporated into English. It was the site of the 1842 Battle of the Brule between the La Pointe Band of Ojibwe and a group of Dakota Sioux.

The river is well known for its trout fishing and canoeing. The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources has a fish hatchery and a ranger station that operates the state forest and nearby campgrounds.[2]

The Brule River is revered by fly fishermen for its many prolific mayfly and stone fly hatches.


  1. ^ U.S. Geological Survey. National Hydrography Dataset high-resolution flowline data. The National Map, accessed May 1, 2012
  2. ^ Brule River State Forest

Coordinates: 46°44′53″N 91°36′50″W / 46.748°N 91.614°W / 46.748; -91.614