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Black River State Forest Current conditions

Perry Creek Winter

Perry Creek Winter

Warmer temperatures this week has melted a lot of the snow, especially in open areas. Temperatures this weekend are expected to be in the 30s with a slight chance of snow Saturday. All trails are open but may be slushy and/or slippery in places.

Cross-country ski trails

Cross-country ski trail conditions

Snowshoe trails

Trails are open for hiking and snowshoeing.

Snowshoers can enjoy the one mile and 0.6 mile trails at the Smrekar parking lot, the three mile trail that connects Pigeon Creek to Smrekar Road or the 1.5 mile loop around Castle Mound. Snowshoers are allowed anywhere on the state forest that is not a groomed trail.

Black River State Forest snowshoe trails map [PDF]

Winter ATV, UTV and snowmobile trails

Snowmobile, ATV and UTV trails are open but in very poor condition.

There is also a 28 degree temperature restriction. If temperatures are not below 28 degrees the trails are considered closed.

UTVs are allowed on winter ATV trails, except for designated snowmobile only trails or any other trail that was previously closed to UTV use.

Jackson County Forestry and Parks maintains and grooms all of the state forest's snowmobile and winter ATV trails. Grooming updates are posted on the Jackson County [exit DNR] website.

Camping

Castle Mound and Pigeon Creek campgrounds are open on a first-come, first-serve basis. East Fork campground and Outdoor Group camp are closed and will reopen on April 15.

The shower/flush toilet building and dump station are closed for the season.

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: Thursday February 15 2018