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Wisconsin State Parks and ForestsBlack River State Forest
The Black River State Forest offers many recreational opportunities, including camping, hunting, hiking, skiing and ATV riding. But the Department of Natural Resources also manages this property to meet a host of other objectives, including maintenance of wildlife habitat, native biological diversity, soil and water quality, aesthetics and timber production.
Castle Mound campground construction: A new shower/toilet building is being built at the Castle Mound campground. The building is scheduled to be finished early May. The new shower building will be considerably closer to the campground and feature twice as many showers as the older shower building. In addition the showers will be individual unisex rooms, which will better meet customer needs. The older shower building will be demolished once the new facility is open and running. Work hours are 7:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m. Monday–Friday. The campground and hiking trails will remain open during construction.
Historic return of elk
After a 125+ year absence from the landscape, elk are roaming free again in the Black River State Forest. Elk were released on the property the summers of 2015 and 2016. Learn more about elk and their reintroduction to Wisconsin.
Give elk space: While we understand visitors will be anxious to see elk we ask that they maintain their distance. It is important to give these elk space and not pressure them during their first years in a new environment. Avoiding any disruptions to breeding activities will help provide for the herd's growth.
New contact station at the Black River State Forest
The Black River State Forest is located in the heart of west central Wisconsin near the city of Black River Falls. It is approximately two hours southeast of Minneapolis and two hours northwest of Madison near I-94.
Visitors can reserve campgrounds and get directions to the individual campgrounds online through the DNR.
- Castle Mound campground: 44.283922, -90.828786
- East Fork campground: 44.421398, -90.678685
- Pigeon Creek campground: 44.214579, -90.616790
- Indoor Group camp: 44.415329, -90.688319
- Outdoor Group camp: 44.417475, -90.675101
Maps and brochures
Management and business
Black River State Forest master plan
Completed in January of 2010, the Black River State Forest master plan reflects years of planning and public input. The final plan, maps, variances and amendments are included in the plan, as well as documents used during the plan's development.
Public involvement in state forest management, operations and monitoring is part of sustainable forestry. We seek public involvement because we believe people, communities, organizations and businesses realize the potential public benefits of state forests and are willing to work to further the goals of sustainable forestry.
Timber sale program
The state forests are managed sustainably for multiple uses. Active timber management is a part of that overall effort on many parts of each forest. Timber sales are advertised for sale typically from one to three times annually, depending on the size of the forest. Learn more about timber sales in Wisconsin.