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Black River State Forest Current conditions

Fall Colors

Fall Colors

Conditions as of Monday, October 9, 2017:

Fall is a great time to visit the Black River State Forest. Fall colors have really started to put on a show this week with 50-60% color in most places. Yellows and oranges are currently dominating throughout the forest but reds, russet and copper colors are also present. Some of the best locations to see the color show is along North Settlement road and Cemetery Road. Temperatures this weekend are expected to be in the high 50s to low 60s with a slight chance of rain.

ATV and UTV trails

ATV and UTV trails will be closing for the season at the end of the day Sunday, October 15. Trails will reopen for the winter riding season on December 15, weather permitting.

The state forest is working hard to improve the trail system to reduce the impacts of heavy rainfall events. This spring, four different sections of trail totaling about 2.5 miles of trail were graveled. These improved areas have held up well to our recent record rainfalls, however they are costly and funding is limited. There are several areas of the state forest's ATV trail system that are in need of upgrade work. At this time work is focused on key connecting sections of the trail.

Be sure to review our tips on ATV safety and ride carefully this weekend.


The shower/flush toilet building and dump station will be closing on Monday, October 16.

Castle Mound campground is on the reservation system from May 1st through the second weekend in October. East Fork and Pigeon Creek campgrounds are on the reservation season from the Thursday before Memorial weekend through Labor Day weekend. The outdoor group camp is on the reservation season from April 15 through November 30. The indoor group camp is on the reservation system year-round. Go online to make a reservation or call 888-947-2757, TTY 800-274-7275.

Backpackers can use our online permit [PDF] to register for camping. For more information, go to Black River State Forest camping.

Additional resources

Firewood notice: As of June 1, 2014, firewood from more than 10 miles away is not allowed on Wisconsin State Park or Forest properties. Also, firewood that has been in an emerald ash borer quarantined area is not allowed on properties outside of the quarantined area. Please buy firewood at or near the park or forest where you are going. Call the DNR toll-free Firewood Hotline, 1-877-303-WOOD (1-877-303-9663) for information before packing for a trip. For more information, see firewood facts, rules and advice or ask the park or forest office. Maps are available to view the 10-mile radius of allowable firewood on state properties.

Last revised: Tuesday October 10 2017