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Black River State Forest Current conditions

Rock outcrop

Castle Mound Overlook Trail

Temperatures for the weekend of June 16-17 are expected to be in the 90s with a chance of rain/thunderstorms every day. Biking trails were mowed this week and should be in good shape for the weekend. Campsites are available in all of our campgrounds. Mosquitoes, ticks and flies are out so remember to bring the bug spray.

ATV and UTV trails

ATV and UTV trails are open.


Castle Mound campground is reservable May 1 through the second weekend in October. East Fork and Pigeon Creek campgrounds are reservable from the Thursday before Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend. 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.

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: Friday June 15 2018