Earlier this week I made a kayak trip down the Brule River from Stones Bridge to Winneboujoe. In order to make this trip, my lovely wife was nice enough to help me out with the logistics before she went to work in the morning. This meant she had to leave for work nearly two hours earlier than normal. She hasn't complained even once about helping me in all of the little treks I get ideas to do. Be it bicycling, hiking, camping, or this kayak trip for instance, she is always there to help...now that is special.
Due to the fact it was early in the AM when I got on the river, it was very calm for much of the trip.
The spring fed Brule River begins its 44 mile flow north to Lake Superior in a bog swamp near Solon Springs, WI. I think an interesting little tidbit is that a very short distance from where the Brule River begins its journey towards the big lake, the St. Croix river also starts its journey in the opposite direction to the mighty Mississippi.
From a slow moving meandering river, to wider narrow lake areas, to shoots of narrow rapids that don't offer much room for error and drop in elevation quickly, this river has everything one could expect a river to offer.
Some maneuvering required.
May have to stay low now and again.
While I was stopped here for lunch, a young couple went by in kayaks. Now that in its self is not unusual, as there are canoe/kayak outfitters that service the river...the fact that they didn't see me is. They say it takes about 4 hours to do this section of river...took me 8 hours...no hurry here. :-) lol he he
I had a few sprinkles of rain, which did no harm and only added to the richness of the trip.
Although it is no longer living, it's serving nature. It's good fish habitat and slowly going to the earth.
One of the many boat houses on the river.
Although parts of the Brule have homes and vacation retreats, the entire river is in Wisconsin's Brule River State Forest.
I come across two groups of Merganser ducks...one group of 7 and another of 21. They are interesting to watch, especially when they are under water...they are fast, very fast.
This Whitetail deer is looking for food and she was finding it. I watched her as she searched for the weed she wanted, ducked her head and came out chewing.
Because of the Brule being spring fed, and also dumping into Lake Superior, it is well known as a good trout fishery. Although I caught Brook Trout, it also has Browns, Rainbows and Salmon.
Get outdoors and have some fun!!