Let's take a spectacular day trip to the historic Brule River and then Duluth 40 minutes away from Brule, Wisconsin. We will go the Saturday of Memorial Day, May 24. This is a memorable paddling journey to a beautiful place that has attracted five Presidents of the United States for recreation. I have canoed this three times and love it. You will see licence plates from across the country is the Brule is a national attraction.
The safe paddling scenery changes from slow and leisurely, then varied topography with varied waters, really fun light rapids (let's see who wipes out -- not me!), historic mansion cabin homes from a bygone Roaring 20s era, including the "Summer Whitehouse" of Calvin Coolidge, wildlife, and more.
We will rent canoes and kayaks, for those needing them, at Brule River Canoe Rental. The shuttle drives us to the entrance and we end the journey at our cars.
This would need group discussion but I assume the trip would be something like this:
8:00 AM: We all meet in Forest Lake.
2.5 hour drive from there to Brule.
11:00 AM: 5 hours Stones Bridge to Town of Brule with fun level II rapids towards the end. The website says 6 hours but it has never taken me that long.
6 PM: Dinner and socialize in Duluth. I really like going to the cool Pizza Luce on Superior Street and Lake Avenue for pizza, pasta, or vegetarian dishes. Then maybe hit the lakewalk, canal park, and places for libations or whatever the group wants. The lakewalk mood at dusk, lit Aerial Lift Bridge, and city lights are great after dark.
Then head home. Or some people could rent rooms for a weekend in the area. My smooth riding car take a few passengers up and then back, and I do not drink.
The Brule is amazing. Definitely worth a day!!
Depending on the number of rentals, canoe rentals are $47.50 (divided by two people) and kayaks are $33 each.
This can be scheduled another time but I have plans for the weekend of May 17, June 7 and June 21, plus another paddle event is June 14. I would like to take a group on May 24 so let's do it. I am an organizer in other Meetup groups and think I do a good job handling the details and would volunteer to be a host. I would like someone else to also be a leader host while I make sure the trip plans are in order.