21. Brunet Island State Park

21. Brunet Island State Park

Brunet Island State Park is, not surprisingly, an island. It’s at the confluence of the Chippewa and Fisher Rivers, near Cornell. It was the second park visit on August 7, and I camped here.

My campsite was near a little inlet on the Chippewa. I could stroll a few feet from the campsite to the water. The water in the inlet was calm, making for great cloud and tree reflections. The lily pads, surrounded by cloud reflections, looked like they were in the sky. That’s the photo at the top.

Met this fawn along the Timber Trail on Brunet Island.

I was in the north camp area. The showers were in the south camp area. Not a big deal, since the camp areas are maybe a mile apart.

I hiked all the trails on the island. (There is also a trail system on the mainland, but once I got to the island and stopped at my campsite, I decided to just stay on the island.)

The island trails are nice. They’re not in pristine shape, but they make for some nice hiking. While the trails to thru some pine forests, you’re never far from water. It’s a relatively small island. The entire park, including the mainland portion, is 1,303 acres, with 9.8 miles of trails. There are connections to both the Old Abe trail and the Ice Age Trail. Had I brought my bike, I could have biked between Brunet Island and Lake Wissota State Parks on a paved trail. No bike. Plus, with hiking at two parks a day, I was hiking about 9 to 10 miles a day. That’s enough exercise for me.

Overall, it’s a very nice place for some leisurely hiking. The campsites are big and quite scenic.