Brule, Michigan, US/Wisconsin, US
|Usual Difficulty||I-II (varies with level)|
|Avg. Gradient||7 fpm|
|Max Gradient||22 fpm|
|BRULE RIVER AT US HIGHWAY 2 NEAR FLORENCE, WI|
|usgs-04060993||250 - 2500 cfs||II||00h51m||1550 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.|
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.)
|Mile||Rapid Name||Class||Features (Legend)|
|0.0||Drainage: ~163 sq.mi.||N/A|
|2.1||Confluence: Outflow from Wisconsin Slough||N/A|
|6.5||Confluence: Iron River||N/A|
|7.3||Scott Lake Rd/National Forest Rd.2152||N/A|
|10.6||Possible minor rapids?||N/A|
|12.1||Pentoga Rd (WI) / Cherry Ave (MI) Bridge||N/A|
|14.1||Possible Short Ledge||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).
Aerial view shows some possible obstruction/interest at this location which could (at some flows) create waves or playable features?
A small stream enters from the right. This is just an outflow from a ponded area known as Wisconsin Slough.
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?
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.
Roads approach the river from both sides, but no bridge spans the gap. Access may be possible here (one side or both).
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.)
A fair sized island splits the flow. Minor rapids may exist to each side.