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Difficulty I-II
Length 15.8 Miles
Gauge BRULE RIVER AT US HIGHWAY 2 NEAR FLORENCE, WI
Flow Range 250 - 2500 CFS
Flow Rate as of: 2 hours ago 1670 [CFS] ℹ️
Reach Info Last Updated 05/27/2009 12:13 am

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.)

Rapid Descriptions

Drainage: ~163 sq.mi.

Class - N/A Mile - 0
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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 - 1.125
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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 - 2.08
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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 - 5.65
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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
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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
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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
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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.)

Possible minor rapids?

Class - N/A Mile - 10.6
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Pentoga Rd (WI) / Cherry Ave (MI) Bridge

Class - N/A Mile - 12.1
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Possible Short Ledge

Class - N/A Mile - 14.1
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Island

Class - N/A Mile - 15.25
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A fair sized island splits the flow. Minor rapids may exist to each side.

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