Brule Lake

Making Connections

  • Portage North, 100 rods, to Cam
  • Portage North, 30 rods to South Cone
  • Portage North, 37 rods to Lily
  • Portage Northeast, 32 rods, to Echo
  • Portage East, 49 rods to Vernon
  • Portage South, 70 rods, to Juno
  • Portage West, 10 rods, to pond, to South Temperance


  • Fisher F-6, Brule and Pike Lakes, F-12, Little Sag, Tuscarora, Temperance Lakes
  • McKenzie 3, Ballclub Lake


Brule Lake
Scale 1:85682
Full image approximately 8 miles square


Brule is the largest lake in this region and, at 4617 acres, the 7th largest lake in the BWCAW. Over 7 miles long and up to 1½ miles across, it has a maximum depth of 78'. Brule is the headwaters of the South Brule River. It is a BWCAW entry point and provides connections to multiple canoe routes; east down the South Brule to Bower Trout, south to the Juno/Vern area, west to the Temperance Lakes and the interior beyond, and north to the many lakes of the North Brule watershed.


Brule supports over two dozen established campsites, along some 41 miles of shoreline. Most are clustered among the islands of the east end, the west end, or Cone Bay along the north shore. In some cases, the next site down the lake can be a 2½ mile paddle.

Planning Considerations

Not surprising, given its east/west orientation and great length, Brule is notorious for being very rough going in stormy or windy weather. Keep that in mind when planning a crossing of this very large and open body of water.


Brule supports populations of Northern Pike (Esox lucius), Smallmouth Bass (Micropterus dolomieui), Tullibee (Cisco) (Coregonus artedi), Walleye (Stizostedion vitreum), White Sucker (Catostomus commersoni), and Yellow Perch (Perca flavescens). It has not been stocked since 1985.

Notes and Comments

Brule is huge. Nuf said.

Line of Spruce Trees

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Last updated on 11 April, 2004