“That river—that Brule—sweeping for 66 miles from the heart of Douglas County, Wisconsin, to Lake Superior. I’ve already said too much about it. Those who didn’t know it before are finding it out. I must be cautious, but it is hard to even think of it without accompanying rhapsody. But maybe it’s not a bad thing to fall in love with a river.

“If this most famous of Wisconsin trout streams is to have a biographer I ask no better job than to be that biographer. Let’s see, now. I’ve been fishing it for 25 years. Part of it’s running through me most of the time, like a well-remembered old song. Its loveliness, its trout, its perfect wildness—even though millions have gone into homes along its bank—constitute a modern-day miracle. Thirty miles from Superior-Duluth, this ancient highway of the fur traders today is a piece of the splendid heritage which has fallen into the laps of this generation. It should be guarded well.”

— Gordon MacQuarrie, “That River . . . The Brule”

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