On his way home from a couple of real estate photography drone missions, my husband stopped the other day at Stone’s Bridge Landing to capture this aerial footage of the upper Brule River.
Al insists it was work-related, and that he wasn’t just hanging out by the river chatting with steelhead fishermen, flying his drone back and forth, and watching the aquatic vegetation wave gently in the current.
But I’m skeptical. You’ll see why when you watch this video. I mean, you can look up and down the river for miles and not see a single house. Where’s all that Northwest Wisconsin real estate we’re supposed to be selling?
Oh, well. The leaves were just beginning to turn, and it was a beautiful fall day on one of America’s premiere trout streams. If you watch carefully in the low-altitude scenes, you’ll spot a couple of trout rising to the surface. Check it out.
Brule, WI: A Great Town on a Great River
I’ve recently listed this charming two-bedroom home on a large lot in a quiet corner of Brule, Wisconsin. Brule is a small NW WI town within easy half hour commuting distance of Duluth, Superior, or Ashland. It’s a perfect home base for anyone who loves the outdoors; it’s near Brule River State Park, the North Country Hiking Trail, thousands of miles of other trails and back roads, hundreds of lakes and rivers, Lake Superior (which people around here sometimes just call “the big lake), and of course… the Brule River itself.
The Brule is world-famous for its trout fishing and whitewater paddling. Half a dozen presidents have fished here, and Calvin Coolidge spent the entire summer of 1928 here. Maybe it’s time you check out Brule, too—the river, the town, and this log home on Spruce Avenue, and now with an appealing new price – $143,900.
To follow up on my previous post, here are a few more springtime scenes from the Brule river. Enjoy! And if you’d like to live just a few blocks from the river, right in the small town of Brule, Wisconsin, then check out this two-bedroom home on Spruce Avenue, Brule, WI.
Here, for your viewing pleasure, is a video of the Brule River. Notice the ice shelves still remaining along the shoreline? What some people won’t do to have a good time! That water looks cold, but apparently the fancy neoprene waders make fishing in these temperatures halfway comfortable.
P.S. If you’d like to live just a few blocks from the river, right in the small town of Brule, WI, then check out this two-bedroom log home on Spruce Ave. It has two fireplaces – just in case you’d rather relax by the fire than wade around in rapidly flowing ice water all day. Not that there’s anything wrong with that.
The Bois Brule River Valley and the upper St. Croix River valley were carved by melt water flowing south from glacial Lake Superior and the surrounding uplands. When the glaciers receded, a divide was formed from which the Brule and St. Croix Rivers flow today in opposite directions. A portage was established between these two rivers, connecting Lake Superior and the Mississippi River watersheds. It was used by early native people and later by European explorers, traders, trappers, and missionaries.
Today, the Brule offers world-class trout fishing and some of the best paddling in Wisconsin and the Upper Midwest.
Douglas County Wisconsinnorthwest corner of Northwest Wisconsin.
For some reason, the northwest corner of northwest Wisconsin remains largely undiscovered. In the minds of many vacationers and home buyers from the Twin Cities, Eau Claire, or Chicago, there’s a large blank area on the map of Wisconsin; it extends all the way from Duluth to Hayward. It’s time to fill in the blank.
Up here in my corner of Northwestern Wisconsin, you’ll find that Douglas County, Bayfield County, Washburn County, and Sawyer County all offer some great real estate bargains. They also offer quiet, relaxing places to live or visit. Within each county, you’ll find smaller pockets that each have their own distinct personalities. All of them offer a wide variety of recreational opportunities right outside your door:
Canoe, kayak, or boat on our streams, rivers, and lakes.
Experience world-class trout streams.
Enjoy great fishing for muskies, northern pike, walleye, bass, and bluegills.
Swim or sunbathe on sandy beaches.
Play a few rounds of golf on one of our many courses.
Hike, bike, ATV, or snowmobile on an extensive network of trails.
Pump up your tires and get ready for some great road and mountain biking.
Enjoy the winter woods on snowshoes or cross-country skis.
Hunt large game, small game, upland game, or waterfowl.
Participate in a wide variety of family-oriented community events.
Simply get out and enjoy nature.
I live near Gordon on the 1900-acre Gordon-St Croix Flowage; it’s in the southern part of Douglas County. My home neighborhood covers Douglas County, western Bayfield County, and northern Washburn County.
Over the years, I’ve become well-acquainted with the lakes and communities throughout these counties, as well as with the Hayward Lakes area of Sawyer County. I’d be glad to show you properties in that area.
You may be able to get more for your money over my way. This truly is the last undiscovered corner of Northern Wisconsin. In many cases, the same dollars will get you more home, more cabin, more shoreline on a clear, deep lake, or more acres of great hunting land.
I’d like to help my clients, both present and future, learn more about the undiscovered and under-rated northwestern corner of northwestern Wisconsin. Who knows? Maybe someday we’ll become neighbors.