The Bois Brule River Valley and the upper St. Croix River valley were carved by melt water flowing south from glacial Lake Superior and the surrounding uplands. When the glaciers receded, a divide was formed from which the Brule and St. Croix Rivers flow today in opposite directions. A portage was established between these two rivers, connecting Lake Superior and the Mississippi River watersheds. It was used by early native people and later by European explorers, traders, trappers, and missionaries.
Today, the Brule offers world-class trout fishing and some of the best paddling in Wisconsin and the Upper Midwest.
Douglas County in the upper NW corner of NW Wisconsin is rich in clear, deep lakes, rivers, and tall pine forests. It's an easy 2.5 - 3 hour drive from Minneapolis/St Paul, a half hour to 45-minutes from Superior/Duluth, and easily accessed from other parts of Wisconsin and the Midwest.
Thinking about retiring to this area? Douglas County WI is within commuting distance to work in Superior and Duluth.