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Black River State Forest Current conditions

Rock outcrop

Castle Mound Overlook Trail

ALL ATV TRAILS ARE CLOSED DUE TO HEAVY RAIN.  Fall colors are at peak at the state forest.  Lots of reds and yellows are present throughout the property. Peak color should last at least through the weekend (Oct. 13-14) and then we will move towards our second peak, which is when the oaks start to turn.

ATV and UTV trails

Due to constant heavy rain we are forced to close the entire trail system immediately. The trails normally close for the season on October 15. Once the trails have dried we will begin the process of smoothing them so they are in shape for the winter recreation season. Trails will open again, weather permitting, on December 15.


Don't move firewood!

Don't move firewood!Due to the potential of carrying harmful tree pests and diseases, Wisconsin has restrictions for moving firewood.

Fall can be one of the nicest times to camp at the State Forest. The reservation season for Castle Mound ends on Oct. 14, and after that Castle Mound is open on first-come, first-served basis.  The dump station and toilet shower building will be closed for the season on Oct. 10 due to expected freezing conditions.

East Fork and Pigeon Creek campgrounds are on a first-come, first-served basis. The outdoor group camp is reservable April 15 through Nov. 30.

The indoor group camp is reservable 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.

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Last revised: Wednesday October 10 2018