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Buckhorn State Park
W8450 Buckhorn Park Ave.
Necedah WI 54646
608-565-2789

Buckhorn State Park Activities and recreation

The 1600-acre Buckhorn Wildlife Area and the 2,200-acre Yellow River Wildlife Area next to Buckhorn State Park offers many additional recreation opportunities, including different hunting seasons and access to the Castle Rock Flowage.

Hiking Hiking

Four miles of trail start from the south picnic area. The trails course through wetlands, oak woods, jack pine thickets, shoreline and a small prairie. Look for signs of wildlife as you hike the park's trails. The Oak Barrens nature trail in the center of the park is 1.5 miles and has an ecobox, colored interpretive signs, an observation tower and the Ranger Rick geocache trail. Check out the 0.4 mile Turtle trail across from the park entrance to reach the kid’s fishing pond.

Visitors can stop at the park office to check out a handheld GPS unit that is preloaded with geocaches at both Buckhorn and Roche-A-Cri state parks. There are also packets to check out with local caches.

Pets Pets

Pets must be on a leash no longer than 8 feet. Pets are not allowed in the beach, picnic or playground areas, in park buildings or on cross-country ski trails or nature trails.

A small dog swimming beach is located off of Water St, west of the Buckhorn Bridge.

Camping Camping

Camping at Buckhorn State Park

Picnicking Shelters Playground Picnic areas

Buckhorn has two picnic areas with grills, tables, water pumps, picnic shelters and playground equipment. Both shelters can be reserved. The north picnic area is fully accessible to mobility-impaired visitors. Asphalt paths lead to the shelter, toilets and picnic grills. Accessible picnic tables can also be found at the shelter and the beach picnic area.

Volleyball nets are set up at the beach/picnic area and at the outdoor group camp. You can check out a volleyball for the day from the park office. Horseshoe pits are found near the north picnic shelter and at the outdoor group camp. Horseshoes can also be checked out for the day. Please return equipment to the park office at the end of your stay.

Swimming Swimming

The marked 300-foot swim area has an all-sand bottom. No lifeguards are on duty at the beach. Swim at your own risk and be sure children are supervised at all times. There is a cold-water rinse shower near the beach. A beach wheelchair is available for people with disabilities.

Boating Canoeing & Kayaking Boating, canoeing and kayaking

The open waters of the Castle Rock Flowage are the domain of every type of watercraft imaginable. Bass boats, sailboats, ski boats, pontoon boats, jet skis and even houseboats can be seen in constant motion.

The park and wildlife area have five boat ramps. The park has a canoe launch on the peninsula's east side in a quiet slough that leads to the main part of the flowage. Canoeists should remain near shore to avoid rough water when the wind is blowing. A self-guided 10-stop canoe interpretive trail will help you learn about Buckhorn's wetlands.

Canoe and kayak rentals are available in season from the Friends of Buckhorn State Park and a specially adapted kayak is available for use by people with disabilities.

Fishing Fishing

Photo of boy fishingThe Castle Rock Flowage has earned a reputation as an excellent fishery. The wide variety of fish species found in the flowage offers anglers year-round action, in a vast number of areas. The best places to catch fish from Buckhorn's shores are off the 90-foot accessible fishing pier by the north picnic area, along the shore by the Buckhorn bridge and from the shoreline by the canoe launch. A fishing license is required for all anglers 16 years of age and older.

The Boat Launch A ramp area has a floating boarding pier, accessible for people with disabilities. Boat Launch C also has an accessible pier on the west side of the causeway bridge.

A kids' fishing pond with pier is north of the park entrance on the Turtle trail. The Friends of Buckhorn stock the pond. Parking is allowed on the side of County Highway G for visitors to hike the 350 yards in to the pond. A small picnic shelter with tables is available near the pond.

Anglers of any age may check out basic fishing equipment free of charge at the park office. This equipment was donated by the Tackle Loaner Program. Call the park office to find out what equipment is available.

Hunting Trapping Hunting and trapping

Hunting and trapping are allowed in the open areas of the park during the Wisconsin state parks hunting and trapping time frame. Trapping is not permitted in closed areas as noted on the park hunting map or within 100 yards of any designated use area, including trails. Certain trap types are restricted on state park properties. For more information, please see:

Two wildlife areas are adjacent to the park. Hunting seasons vary between the Buckhorn Wildlife Area, the Yellow River Wildlife Area and the park.

The park has an accessible two-story wildlife observation/hunting blind. There are also two accessible waterfowl hunting blinds in the wildlife area. People with disabilities can reserve a blind a day before they go hunting. If it is not reserved, the blind is first-come, first-served.

Buckhorn State Park and the Buckhorn Wildlife Area are in zone 1. The Yellow River Wildlife Area, Zone 1, allows turkey hunting for all six spring periods and for fall turkey hunting.

Winter Activities Winter activities

Many wintertime visitors enjoy skiing the hiking trails. The relatively flat terrain makes the trails a good location for family outings. Five miles of trails are groomed when there is enough snow. An accessible sit-ski is available in winter to use on the cross-country ski trails.  Snowshoes are available to check out for free at the park office to use in the park.

Ice fishing is also very popular. Some ice fishing equipment is available to check out at the park office. Be extremely careful, as ice conditions change rapidly on the flowage.

Last revised: Thursday March 24 2016