Description - Named for an early explorer, Jean Brunet, the park encompasses 1,032 acres of land flanked by the Chippewa and Fisher rivers. Superb fishing, relaxing camping, exciting and easy paddling, and fabulous wildlife watching await. White-tailed deer numbers are abundant. Fox, ruffed grouse, beaver, great blue heron, and several river otters share the scenic parkland.
- Brunet Island State Park has 69 campsites divided between two campgrounds. The south campground offers modern amenities including hot showers while the north campground remains primitive. Camping reservations are available online or by calling a toll-free reservation number. Contact information is listed below. Both campgrounds have easy access to the water; however, canoeists prefer the north campground due to its location near gentle river channels. Many waterside tent and medium-sized RV campsites are available and do fill quickly during the warm summer months. Firewood available for sale.
Swimming is enjoyed at Brunet Island State Park. Located on the southern tip of the island, day users can expect lifeguards, pay telephone, bike rack, drinking water, and a bathhouse. In the beach vicinity is the park's picnic grove, which include a beautiful log shelter along the bank of the Chippewa River. The shelter has electricity, two fireplaces, and is available for rent. Open sky tables, a baseball field, playground, large stone fireplace ring, and restrooms round out the day use facilities.
Several short trails range in length from 0.75-mile to 3 miles offering scenic excursions for hikers and cross-country skiers. The park's trails are not groomed, however, each February a candlelight ski is held. Located near the park is the 37-mile segment of the 1,000-mile Ice Age Trail and the Moraine Ice Age Interpretive Center that features interpretive displays about Wisconsin's Glacial Age. Underdevelopment is a multi-use bike and snowmobile trail that will extend from Menomonie to Cornell linking Brunet Island State Park with Wissota State Park.
Brunet Island State Park provides a boat landing and launching area at the island for a variety of boaters. Local marinas rent watercraft. With the flowage completely surrounding the camping and picnic areas of the park, shoreline fishing is particularly popular. Anglers find success around the downed timber, weed banks, several rocky shoals, and amid the backwater lagoons. Resident species include northern pike, walleye, muskie, catfish, bluegill, and smallmouth bass. In addition, the park features a new handicapped fishing pier.
Recreation - Visitors come to this beautiful island park to canoe, boat, fish, hike, camp, watch wildlife, swim, cross-country ski and snowmobile.
Climate - Northwest Wisconsin has four distinct seasons with warm summers and long winters. Great Lakes Michigan and Superior tend to make summers cooler and winters milder close to shore. January's average temperature is in the single digits F (-teens C). During summer, temperatures can climb to above 90 degrees F for several days (32 degrees C). Nighttime summer temperatures occasionally dip below freezing. The area's average yearly precipitation ranges from 32-34". Annual snowfalls in the Northwest Region have a wide range; the southern areas may receive 20" while the northern areas may receive in excess of 200". Dressing in layers is a good way to remain comfortable in Wisconsin.
Brule Island State Park is located one mile northwest of Cornell in Northwest Wisconsin.