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Brule St. Croix Portage Historical Marker


Location of sign -  County Highway A at the north end of Lake St. Croix


Photo taken -  July 2008


Brule St. Croix Portage Historical Marker Waupun Wisconsin


Text of sign:


Brule - St. Croix Portage


Approximately one mile northeast of this point, a continental divide separates the watersheds of the Brule and St. Croix Rivers.  The

Brule flows north to Lake Superior and the St. Croix flows southerly to the Mississippi.  A time worn trail connects the navigable

portions of these two rivers.


Native Americans were the first to utilize this portage route.  Later, voyagers, explorers, missionaries, traders and pioneers also

followed it.  The first documented use of this portage was in 1680 by Daniel Greysolon Sieur du Lhut, after whom the City of

Duluth is named.

Because of its important role in early travel through the region, the portage is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.  

Preservation of the portage was initiated about 1930 by the Daughters of the American Revolution.  Today, it is within the 

boundaries of the Brule River State Forest.

Erected in 1997


Brule River State Forest


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