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Black River State Forest
W10325 Highway 12
Black River, WI 54615
For camping and recreation related questions:
Emily Alf
Visitor service associate
For other questions:
Curtiss Lindner

Wisconsin State Parks and ForestsBlack River State Forest

Canoeing on the Black River

Reserve  a campsite at Black 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.

Forest info

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
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.

GPS coordinates

  • 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


A vehicle admission sticker is required for all campgrounds. All hunting and fishing licenses apply. Camping fees are updated annually.

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Management and business

Annual Property Implementation Plans

Implementation plans are posted every year in March and contain:

  • major planned and scheduled forest and habitat management treatments;
  • recreation and infrastructure development projects; and
  • other property management actions.

Planning documents

Master plan

Completed in January of 2010, the 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

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.

Last Revised: Friday March 20 2020