Currently I'm lodging with some family in Polk County, Wisconsin. I'm fairly exhausted, so I'll be short.
I had to walk up about 50% of the Brule River. It looks like a very fun river if you're going down-stream. There are some class 2-3 rapids and plenty of little rapids to bounce on. Of course going against the current is brutal at times. At some points I was barely able to keep my feet. The last 15 miles or so mellow out into a large spruce bog, which made for an interesting paddle. The river is very narrow at this point and requires a lot of bushwacking. Anyway, after the bog there is a 2 mile portage to Upper St. Croix Lake. It's a nice portage with lots of info about the fur trade route. Apparently this portage was in use up until about 1930.
Been on the St. Croix River since then and loving the down-stream paddling. It's a very scenic paddle and plenty of good campsites. I made it to St. John's Landing yesterday and said howdy so some friends from the conservation corps. I felt a bit like royalty getting to use the shower, laundry, and getting some good food.
It's about 11 at night here and I'm ready to crash. I hope to make the Mississippi in a couple days here. Time is becoming a bit of an issue. I have to be in Lawrence, KS on the morning of August 12th. And classes start a few days after that. Sure hope Dirty can last that long.