Brule River

Hovland, Minnesota 55606

Brule River

Brule River Professional Review and Guide

"The Brule roars through one big, distinctive rapid after another as it races toward the big lake. Big drops don’t give you much notice.

The run begins with a little Class II warm-up water. But after about 2 miles, the river kicks into high gear with a Class V screamer called Sauna Bath, for the old sauna house sitting by the riverside. It’s a long, steep, bouldery drop that requires deft moves in fast, heavy current."

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Trail Information

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Skill Level
5-8 hours
Class III-V
Big drops don’t give you much notice. The takeout to portage Devil’s Kettle is really tricky, and the penalty for screwing up is severe—maybe fatal.
Additional Use
MDNR Information Center (651-296-6157 or 888-646-6367) can provide information about Judge C. R. Magney State Park but not about the kayaking itself. Northwoods Whitewater by Jim Rada provides an excellent description of the Brule.
Local Contacts
USGS Tom Lake and Marr Island; MDNR Judge C. R. Magney State Park map ( shows foot trails and some river features. DeLorme: Minnesota Atlas & Gazetteer: Page 79 D9
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Jul 2018