About the Brule

“The Brule River is a short river with a long history,” wrote Leigh P. Jerrard more than 50 years ago.

Much has been written chronicling that history and the characters that peopled it both before and since then. What follows is a sampling – to which we hope you will suggest additions!

General History

Brule Country, Albert M. Marshall (North Central Publishing Company, Saint Paul, MN, 1954).

Landscapes of Labor and Leisure: Common Rights, Private Property, and Class Relations Along the Bois Brule River 1870-1940, Joseph F. Cullen (M. S. Thesis, University of Wisconsin – Madison, 1995).

Pines and Paddlers: A Guide to History of the Bois Brule River (Published by the Sigurd Olson Environmental Institute of Northland College in collaboration with the Friends of the Brule River and Forest, 2005).

The Brule River of Wisconsin: A Brief History and Description with Maps, Leigh P. Jerrard (Hall and Son Printers, Chicago, IL, 1956).

The Brule River of Wisconsin, Leigh P. and Richard Jerrard (second edition, with additions, published in Lexington, KY, 2011).


A Guide’s Story, Lawrence Berube (Arrowhead Printing Company, Superior, WI, 1998; reprinted 1999).

Blueberry Summers, Lawrence Berube (Arrowhead Printing Company, Superior, WI, 1994).

Brethren of the Brule: Forty Years of Steelheading, William B. A. J. Bauer, M. D. with a Foreword by Mel Ellis (Arrowhead Printing Company, Superior, WI, 1984).

From the Log of a Trout Fisherman, Arthur Tenney Holbrook (Privately printed by the Plimpton Press, Norwood, MA, 1949).

Poems from the North Woods, Cicely Angleton, Editor, with a Foreword by Caroline Marshall (Barclay Bryan Press, Port Republic, MD, 2010).

Whaleback, Alexander McDougall, with an Introduction by Lewis G. Castle (Privately published in 1932; reprinted by J. C. S.)

Winneboujou Chronicles, John L. Hannaford and Caroline P. Marshall, Editors (Published by the Winneboujou Club, Saint Paul, MN, 1990).

Of Regional or Policy Interest

Aldo Leopold: A Sand County Almanac and Other Writings on Conservation and Ecology, Curt Meine, Editor (Published as #238 by The Library of America, 2013).

A Storied Wilderness: Rewilding the Apostle Islands, James W. Feldman with a Foreword by William Cronon (A Weyerhaeuser Environmental Book published by the University of Washington Press, Seattle and London, 2011).

Canoeing with the Cree, Eric Sevareid (Originally published by MacMillan and Company, New York, NY in 1935, reprinted by the Minnesota Historical Society, Saint Paul, MN, 1968).

Cultural Resource Management in Wisconsin, Barbara Wyatt, Editor (Published by the Wisconsin Historical Society, Madison, WI, 1986).

The Superior North Shore: A Natural History of Lake Superior Northern Lands and Waters (University of Minnesota Press, Minneapolis, MN, 1987).


Wisconsin Water Trails (Wisconsin Conservation Department, Madison, WI, undated; the Brule is described as Trip #33).