Brunet Island State Park

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Brunet Island State Park

Wisconsin

(715) 239-6888

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Things To Do

Overview

Brunet Island State Park, on the Chippewa and Fisher rivers, contains more than 1,200 acres of scenic beauty, wildlife, and recreational opportunities. Each summer, thousands of visitors come to camp, fish, boat, canoe, hike, swim, and picnic. During the winter they can ski, snowshoe, and ice fish.

Quiet lagoons and channels are excellent for canoeing and wildlife watching. The landscape here in Chippewa County is a product of the most recent Ice Age (the Pliestocene Epoch). The rolling terrain carries a wide variety of forest types and is home to a multitude of wildlife.

Map of Brunet Island (WI)

Latitude, Longitude: 45.178572, -91.158547

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Activities

  • Boating

    The island is on a stretch of water extending about 3.5 to 4 miles from the Cornell dam to the Holcombe dam. Flow fluctuations can have a significant impact on water levels. This means that you have to watch out for rocks, particularly on the south end towards town.

    The park's boat ramp is on the island not far from the entrance road. There's a boat mooring area on the Chippewa River between the north and south camping areas.

    Canoes can be rented from various places in Cornell and Holcombe.

  • Bicycling

    Bicycles are allowed on park roads and trails, except for the Jean Brunet Nature trail.

    Also, there is a 1-mile hike/bike only trail link from the park entrance to the Old Abe State Trail, which runs from Cornell to Chippewa Falls. A state trail pass is required to ride a bicycle or horse on the Old Abe Trail.

  • Camping

    Brunet Island has two campgrounds.

    The South Campground has 24 sites with electricity. A campsite accessible for people with disabilities and a shower building with flush toilets are in this campground. The North Campground has no electric service, but has many campsites on the shoreline of the Chippewa River or its bays.

  • Fishing

    You can catch a wide variety of fish including northern pike, walleye, small mouth bass, catfish, crappie, muskie, and yellow perch. There's an accessible fishing pier near the north camp area and another fishing pier near the south camp area.

    A Wisconsin fishing license is required.

  • Hiking

    The Jean Brunet Nature Trail is a self-guided walking trail with signs along the trail describing the history and nature of the area. This .8-mile trail dramatically demonstrates the incredible variety in nature that is sometimes taken for granted. This trail starts near the main bridge to the island.

    The Pine and Timber trails are in an area enclosed by the loop of the park road. The Pine trail meanders through a Red (Norway) Pine plantation. The Timber trail links the north campground to the beach and picnic areas.This trail leads the hiker through majestic strands of mature Hemlock and young strands of Aspen.

    The Spruce Trail follows along the Fisher River from the Pine Trail to the picnic area.

  • Picnicking

    Pet picnic area, picnic shelter, and picnic tables available.

  • RVing

    The South Campground has 24 sites with electricity. A campsite accessible for people with disabilities and a shower building with flush toilets are in this campground.

  • Water Sports

    Buoys and ropes for your safety mark the swimming area. Only coast guard approved flotation devices are allowed in the beach area. Please, no food or beverages on the beach. No lifeguards are provided, so swim at your own risk.

  • Winter Sports

    On the mainland, hikers all year around and cross-country skiers in the winter use the Nordic Trail. The trail starts at the park office and leads you along a scenic tour of the Fisher River and over a variety of glacial terrain. The trail is divided into a short loop and a long loop. It is groomed for classical skiing during the winter. The trail includes orientation signs to guide you, and there are benches along the way where you can rest and enjoy the quiet.

Seasonality/Weather

Year-round

Directions

Driving

From the corner where State Highway 27 makes a right-angle turn in Cornell, go west on Bridge Street (State Highway 64) for .1 mile to Park Road. Turn right on Park Road to the park entrance

Phone Numbers

Primary

(715) 239-6888

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