Escape Down the Brule River

By KBJR News 1

August 24, 2012 Updated Aug 24, 2012 at 6:37 PM CDT

Brule, WI (Northlands Newscenter)
-- From The Iron Range to Northwestern Wisconsin communities are putting out the welcome mat for summer tourists, showcasing their town's best features.

Hidden in the thick woods near the south shore of Superior is the Brule River, a wild ride attracting people from around the world.

When you launch into the Brule River, you're launching into the past.

"We have had five presidents that have fished the Brule River. Sieur Duluth was here in 1680, this is one of the Congdon properties over here," said Brian Carlson, who has been in the canoe business for nearly 50 years.

The "River of Presidents" snakes its way through Northwest Wisconsin. For thrill seekers, young and old, the canoe is the best way to cover it.

"What they get out of it is the enjoyment, the peace, the beauty of it, the adventure. We've had people say it's the prettiest river people have seen," said Carlson.

Brule River Canoe Rental provides canoes and kayaks for those looking for a leisurely cruise or for a white water adventure.

"We do have a section on the lower part of the river, from highway 13 to Lake Superior and that's drops about 100 foot, and that's got a continuous grade one rapids."

The diversity of routes attracts people from around the globe, bringing close to 15,000 people to the Brule River every year.

"We get people from all over the world with probably 30 percent of our business from the twin cities, probably about 25 percent from Duluth-Superior area."

So whether you're looking to dive deep into the history of Northwest Wisconsin or satisfy your yearly dose of adrenaline, the President's River has something for everybody.

Brule River Canoe Rental is open through September