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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.

Attractions - 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.

Location - Brule Island State Park is located one mile northwest of Cornell in Northwest Wisconsin.

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Filed By: Cuzzi Club
Number of People Encountered: 11-25 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: In the Cuzzi Club's solemn opinion, the hardest part of Brunet isn't Brunet at all. It's the waiting all year to go there with our cousins! We love Brunet. It is the BEST place you will ever go camping at. The biggest reward is being able to ride your bike on all the AWESOME trails and swimming in the refreshing lake with your cousins who are your best friends and you are only able to see about two or three times a year. We all live in Wisconsin, but in cities/towns that are very far away. There is a giant, undescribable brown-rusted tower of--well--it's a bit hard to explain. We almost always bring our own food, but sometimes we go to the good restaurants around or in Cornell. The island has some of the best water for canoeing you will ever set paddle in. The trails are exquisite with many beautiful sights along the way. And, if you're lucky, you will catch a gimpse of large numbers of whitetail deer swimming across the glassy-surfaced river. There are some thin stretches of steep, twisting trail where you are liable to fall in the lake, but that only happens occasionally . . . Brunet is quiet and not usually very busy. There are many trails that meander through the trees and a few that go through what we call the White Forest. Its all birch. Very pretty. And if you go at the right time, you will see all of the dazzlingly bright fall leaves falling from the trees and covering the ground 6 inches thick! (crunch, crunch) There is tons more to do, but don't take it from us. Go see for yourself!

Recreation Opportunities
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ICON Rivers & Streams Chippewa and Fisher Rivers
ICON Swimming & Waterplay Lifeguards, Bathhouse

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Contact Information:
Brunet Island State Park, Rt. 2, Box 158 , Cornell, WI, 54732, Phone: 715-239-6888

Additional Information:
Lake Wissota State Park - Created by Wisconsin-Minnesota Light and Power Company in 1918, the 6,300-acre lake attracts anglers after walleyes, muskies and bass. Scenic trails edge the shoreline and wind through woodland, prairie and marsh.
Northwest Wisconsin - Wisconsin's least populated region, Northwest Wisconsin, invites you to explore its gently rolling terrain punctuated by scenic landscapes that are rich with wildlife.
Wisconsin State Parks, Forests, Recreation Areas & Trails - Wisconsin showcases 86 state park system properties offering visitors an opportunity to hike, camp, swim, fish, and simply relax.

Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources - Official agency website.


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