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Complete Guide to Brunet Island State Park Camping

Thinking about camping in Brunet Island State Park, but don’t know where to start? Great news! We’ve got you covered. We’ve put together a complete guide to Brunet Island State Park camping right here.

Brunet Island State Park
Brunet Island State Park, Wisconsin.

From choosing the best campsite for you and your family, to what activities you can look forward to during your stay, to the plants and wildlife you can expect to see, we’ve got all the tips and tricks you need to make your stay at Brunet Island State Park a wonderful one!

What to Expect

To start, there are two campgrounds in Brunet Island State Park: the North Campground and the South Campground. Each campground offers different pros and cons, but both feature spacious campsites and a quiet, peaceful atmosphere perfect for family camping—including your furry family members! While pets aren’t allowed at the beach, playground, indoor spaces, marked nature trails, or other designated pet-free spaces, you’re more than welcome to bring them along to your campsite. No need for a pet-sitter here!

Choosing a Campground

If all-out roughing it isn’t your thing, then the South Campground of Brunet Island State Park is probably for you! The South Campground offers sites with electric hookup as well as a shower building with access to flush toilets. There is also a campsite here with accessibility for disabled campers. However, you won’t find as many waterfront spots here, so if that’s what you’re looking for, you’ll likely want to turn your attention to the North Campground.

While the North Campground has neither electricity hookup nor a shower building, it does offer plenty of waterfront campsites as well as access to a fishing pier. There is access to vault toilets, but if you’re willing to make a bit of a trek, you can always go to the South Campground to take advantage of their shower building. Ta da! Best of both worlds!

Both RV/camper and tent spots are available in both of Brunet Island State Park’s campgrounds, but only South has electric hookup available, and neither campground offers water/sewage hookup. Keep this in mind if you’re an RV camper. If you’ve never dry-camped before, this could be a great opportunity to start. The experiences offered by Brunet Island State Park are certainly worth the extra prep!

What to Do

Brunet Island State Park in Winter
Brunet Island State Park, Wisconsin

· Fishing: As previously mentioned, there is a fishing pier you can access in the North Campground, so make sure you don’t forget your fishing poles! Just remember, fishing licenses are still required, so ensure yours is up-to-date before arrival.

· Kayaking/Canoeing: Many campers rave about kayaking/canoeing along the Chippewa River! Floating down the river will give you plenty of opportunities to catch a glimpse of local wildlife, or simply enjoy the beauty of the surrounding forest and the water itself. Rentals are available in the Cornell and Holcombe areas around the park, or you’re welcome to bring your own kayaks and canoes. Many campsites have water access where you can strike out onto the water straight from your site!

· Bike trails: Brunet Island State Park connects to the Old Abe bike trail, a twenty-mile paved trail that connects with several other bike trails. This is another opportunity to take in the sights along the Chippewa as well as the birds and animals that populate the area.

· Playground: There is a playground near the picnic area with equipment suitable for all ages, from toddlers to teenagers. If your kids aren’t fond of water, need to get some extra energy out, or if you’re itching for an adventure without wandering too far from the campground itself, this is a great fixture of the park for you!


Brunet Island State Park is heavily populated with white-tailed deer, and while you can spot them in the summer, the best time to get a glimpse of them is during the winter months. So if you’re planning a trip with some deer-watching in mind, you may want to pick up a warmer sleeping bag! You can also expect raccoons, turtles, foxes, otters, beavers, herons, and all kinds of other creatures. Just make sure you keep your food somewhere out of reach of wandering paws; raccoons especially are notorious for stealing snacks, and Brunet Island State Park is home to plenty of them!


Brunet Island State Park Vegetation
Autumn reflections over the Chippewa River at Brunet Island State Park in Wisconsin.

While you will find all manner of flowers, ferns, mushrooms, and other flora in Brunet Island State Park, the real star of the park is its population of huge hemlock trees. Hemlocks are conifers, and you’ll notice the classic needled leaves often seen in trees from the pine family. Thanks to overgrazing by the deer population, only adult hemlocks can be seen in the forest, and many of these trees are beginning to die from old age. Thankfully, the park is working toward protecting and regrowing these trees out of the reach of hungry deer.


Overall, this park garners glowingreviews from campers. With a 4.8 star rating on Google and nearly five hundred total reviews that are overwhelmingly positive, Brunet Island State Park is certainly a favorite and comes highly recommended by RV campers and tent campers alike. Its array of activities, breathtaking scenery, myriad species of wildlife, and peaceful atmosphere are all praised by those who have had the opportunity to experience them.


Brunet Island State Park has it all: activities for solo campers, couples, and families; ample opportunities to observe the flora and fauna in the area, whether by bike, canoe/kayak, or on foot; spacious campsites, both for RVs and tents; and beautiful landscapes to enjoy. No matter what kind of camper you are, there’s something here for everyone!

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