Northern Wisconsin is Home to One of the Most Famous Rivers in America

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New company Brule Cabin rental is located on The Bois Brule River in Northern WI.

Walking Bridge on the brule river

The Bois Brule River in Northern WI has a rich history and was the home of President Calvin Coolidge durring the summer of 1928 while he was still in office.

This spring-fed river is clear, clean, and home to thousands of trout and salmon. Hundreds of thousands of fisherman have flocked to this river since the turn of the 20th century. Over one hundred years ago the most wealthy business men in the country made it thier private playgrounds by purchasing land and building grand lodges on the banks of this great river. These lodges can still be seen today from a canoe or kayak. flooding is not an issue as the river is spring-fed and that allowed these early settlers to build beautiful cedar boathouses and walking paths over the river to accompany their resorts.

The state of Wisconsin and the Department of Natural Resources have made the Bois Brule River one of it's most prised assets and has accumulated most of the river's shoreline and today maintains the canoe landings for the more then 40,000 paddlers each year. The River ends its 43 mile journey at Lake Superior, but not before dropping 17 feet per mile and making whitewater rapids for those thrill seekers looking for excitement.

The Bois Brule River was featured on the cover of a 1956 Sports illustrated magazine, but the height of it's popularity occurred in 1928 when President Calvin Coolidge deiced to move the Whitehorse to a massive cedar lodge on the river's edge called cedar Island. Cedar island was owned by the 4th richest man in America Henry Clay Pierce. Pierce donated the lodge to the president for the summer. Moving the president to a secluded river in Northern Wisconsin was very sensational and took a lot of logistical maneuvering as documented in the June 11th issue of Time Magazine.

The river and grand lodges still exist today as it did 100 years ago, but good luck finding a lodge to rent. The area does have a handful of cabins on the brule river that can be rented. But they don't compare to what you will see as you paddle down the river from stone's Bridge to highway 2.

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