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Bois Brule - B) Copper Range Campground to Hwy. 13 (9 miles)
Bois Brule, Wisconsin, US
B) Copper Range Campground to Hwy. 13 (9 miles)
II (varies with level)
Bill on the Bois Brule
Bill on the Bois Brule Photo of Bill G running May's Ledge #4 by Dave Schumacher taken 08/16/06 @ medium
Very scenic river with mild whitewater, suitable to novice paddlers. (There are a few named
ledges, but no significant or technical rapids.) Commercial outfitters are available for canoe or
kayak trips on various reaches of this river. Local boaters paddle an abbreviated section of this
reach up and downstream of Cty FF for the "best of" but specifics are unknown.
Since the headwaters of this river are largely spring-fed, flows tend to be very even, providing
boatable levels nearly all year.
It is important to note that while a map will show numerous
potential access points, many of them are 'off-limits' as launch/landing sites, being designated
as access only for fishermen.
According to The Canadian
Encyclopedia, the name means "charred wood" or "burnt wood". Also, the
correct pronunciation is "bwah broo-ley" (hear it
spoken by going to dictionary.reference.com and clicking the
'speaker' icon), though you'll almost never hear it pronounced that way. In fact, there are many
who will look askance at you for being so 'snooty' as to employ what they consider a 'mock
French' pronunciation! Indeed, this river is often simply referred to as "the Brule".
This can create some confusion, however, since there are two other relatively nearby Brule
Rivers. One forms the border between Wisconsin and Michigan, and (after the confluence with the
Paint and the Michigamme) becomes the Menominee River. While it does contain some whitewater, the
rapids are no more than class I (marginally to class II) and there is so much flatwater that it
must really be considered more of a flatwater trip for canoeists. The other Brule River (much
less likely to cause confusion) being up in Minnesota, well North/East from Duluth, towards the
Canadian border. This Brule contains some quite significant whitewater, and is detailed in the
Minnesota section of this website.
MnktoDave has a fine video from a trip on the Bois Brule River: