‘Boy Scout land’ in Solon Springs now publicly ownedSOLON SPRINGS — A 40-acre parcel of former Boy Scout land near Rifle Range Road will again be open to scouts after the state purchased it from private owners.
SOLON SPRINGS — A 40-acre parcel of former Boy Scout land near Rifle Range Road will again be open to scouts after the state purchased it from private owners.
Historically known as the Boy Scout land in Solon Springs, men and boys had hiked, hunted and camped on the parcel for about 50 years when the Voyager Area Council of Boy Scouts sold the parcel to a private party in 1995.
The state of Wisconsin purchased the property about two months ago as part of its acquisition plan, said Brule River Forest Superintendent Dave Schulz. With the parcel now in public ownership, the local Boy Scouts will again be able to use the land that was historically theirs.
While the Scouts won’t be able to camp on the land, the Brule River State Forest has rustic campgrounds available to the Scouts or the public, Schulz said. There’s a 20-site campground near the ranger station and the Copper Range Campground with 15 sites further down the Brule River.
The Boy Scout parcel includes the North Country National Scenic Trail that spans from Maine to North Dakota.
“In Wisconsin, the Brule River State Forest is kind of the gateway for the North Country Trail; it’s kind of the focal point,” Schulz said. He said the parcel is also the site of the historic portage trail, the connection between the Brule and St. Croix watersheds.
For more information about the Brule River State Forest, go to http://dnr.wi.gov/forestry/StateForests/SF-Brule.