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Difficulty I-II at this flow (I-II normally)
Length 3.9 Miles
Gauge BOIS BRULE RIVER AT BRULE, WI
Flow Range 125 - 1700 CFS
Flow Rate as of: 1 day ago 158 [CFS] ℹ️
Reach Info Last Updated 06/23/2019 9:27 pm

River Description


Very scenic river with mild whitewater, suitable to novice paddlers. Commercial outfitters are available for canoe or kayak trips on various reaches of this river.

Since there are many springs in the headwaters, flows tend to be very consistent, making this river boatable most of the 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 Dictionary", the name means "charred wood" or "burnt wood". Also, the correct pronunciation is bwah broo-ley' (hear it spoken by going to  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pdVlFAnNqHM), 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" (pronouncing it as 'brool'). 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, quite far 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.

Morall Films does a fine job of documenting various sections (and features) on this river. Check them out at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_dWH888LLwI

Rapid Descriptions

Mays Rips Rapids

Class - I Mile - -5.54
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This is above the listed put-in, and lies on a section of river which has no boater access. Landings do exist, but are designated for fishing access only!

The Falls Rapids

Class - N/A Mile - -4.26
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This is above the listed put-in, and lies on a section of river which has no boater access. Landings do exist, but are designated for fishing access only!

Big Twin Rapids

Class - N/A Mile - -4.2
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This is above the listed put-in, and lies on a section of river which has no boater access. Landings do exist, but are designated for fishing access only!

Little Twin Rapids

Class - N/A Mile - -3.9
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This is above the listed put-in, and lies on a section of river which has no boater access. Landings do exist, but are designated for fishing access only!

Wildcat Rapids

Class - N/A Mile - -2.9
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This is above the listed put-in, and lies on a section of river which has no boater access. Landings do exist, but are designated for fishing access only!

Station Rapids

Class - N/A Mile - -0.3
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This is above the listed put-in, and lies on a section of river which has no boater access. Landings do exist, but are designated for fishing access only!

Williamson Rapids

Class - N/A Mile - 0.2
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Hall Rapids

Class - N/A Mile - 0.67
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Long Nebagamon Rapids

Class - N/A Mile - 1.68
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Little Joe Rapids

Class - N/A Mile - 2.1
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Doodlebug Rapids

Class - N/A Mile - 2.9
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Mark Martello
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4 years ago

There is access to the section above this from stone's bridge landing.

Gage Descriptions

The cited gauge lies on this reach (about two miles downstream from the put-in). As a result, the reading will be a very accurate reflection of boatability of this reach.

Gauge/flow analysis:
Drainage area at gauge: 118 sq.mi.
All time minimum flow: 74 cfs
90% of time flow exceeds: 119 cfs
10% of time flow exceeds: 253 cfs
All time maximum flow: 1,700 cfs
10/90 ratio ('flashy-ness'): 2.1 (under 3 is fairly steady, over 10 is quite 'flashy') Average runnable days per year: 298

Offseason ('Ice') gauge conversion:
1.55 = 135cfs
1.80 = 180cfs
1.92 = 200cfs

Directions Description


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Revision #Revision DateAuthorComment
1212991 06/23/19 Rob updated description
1192075 05/22/07 n/a n/a
1197714 05/20/10 Rob embed video
1197125 01/18/10 Rob Edit highlighting; Add rapids.
1205397 10/30/15 Rob embed Morrall film
1208740 01/15/18 Rob remove table from gauge description, putting info into simple statement/paragraph form.
1211860 04/07/19 Rob updated description
1211861 04/07/19 Rob updated description