Brule - A) Hwy.189 to FS2150 (15.8 miles)


Brule, Michigan, US/Wisconsin, US

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A) Hwy.189 to FS2150 (15.8 miles)

Usual Difficulty I-II (varies with level)
Length 15.8 Miles
Avg. Gradient 7 fpm
Max Gradient 22 fpm

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
BRULE RIVER AT US HIGHWAY 2 NEAR FLORENCE, WI
usgs-04060993 250 - 2500 cfs II 01h22m 1940 cfs (running)
Likely high flows.Uncertain about best levels. If you have info, help us out with a comment or report. Gauge (366 sq.mi. drainage) is 10 miles downstream of take-out. Large tribs intervene. Flows here will go from (put-in) ~4/9ths to (take-out) ~5/6ths gauge.


River Description

Longer (mostly flatwater) trips available. Alternative access points may allow shortening this trip as well. It appears (via maps) the trip may be 'halved', and the lower portion may be almost 'halved' as well. (Convenience of access unknown, nor is the specific location of rapids, therefore unknown what accesses to use for 'best' whitewater on shortest reach.)


StreamTeam Status: Not Verified
Last Updated: 2009-05-27 00:13:30

Rapid Summary

Mile Rapid Name Class Features (Legend)
0.0Drainage: ~163 sq.mi.N/A
1.1Possible island/wave/ledge?N/A
2.1Confluence: Outflow from Wisconsin SloughN/A
5.7Island StringN/A
6.5Confluence: Iron RiverN/A
7.3Scott Lake Rd/National Forest Rd.2152N/AAccess
9.6Rapids?N/A
10.6Possible minor rapids?N/A
12.1Pentoga Rd (WI) / Cherry Ave (MI) BridgeN/AAccess
14.1Possible Short LedgeN/APlayspot
15.3IslandN/A

Rapid Descriptions

Drainage: ~163 sq.mi. (Class N/A)

Drainage area at our listed put-in is approximately 163 sq.mi. (as calculated via USGS StreamStats Beta software). By our listed take-out, it has increased to 316 square miles (94% increase).



Possible island/wave/ledge? (Class N/A, Mile 1.1)

Aerial view shows some possible obstruction/interest at this location which could (at some flows) create waves or playable features?



Confluence: Outflow from Wisconsin Slough (Class N/A, Mile 2.1)

A small stream enters from the right. This is just an outflow from a ponded area known as Wisconsin Slough.



Island String (Class N/A, Mile 5.7)

A string of islands constrict the river and there appears (from aerial view) to be some minor shoals through this area. The combination may create some pleasant swiftwater and waves for possibly the next half mile?



Confluence: Iron River (Class N/A, Mile 6.5)

Iron River enters from the left. Just downstream, a (private?) bridge, and some minor swifts/shoals may be found.

USGS lists a (former) sampling site on the Brule just upstream of this confluence, showing drainage as 68.5 square miles.



Scott Lake Rd/National Forest Rd.2152 (Class N/A, Mile 7.3)

Roads approach the river from both sides, but no bridge spans the gap. Access may be possible here (one side or both).



Rapids? (Class N/A, Mile 9.6)

Using Google satellite views to 'walk' down the river, the only visible apparent rapids occur at this location. (This is not to say other whitewater in the form of individual ledges may not exist, only that they are not generally apparent from satellite views.)



Island (Class N/A, Mile 15.3)

A fair sized island splits the flow. Minor rapids may exist to each side.




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