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For information, contact:
Buckhorn State Park
W8450 Buckhorn Park Ave.
Necedah WI 54646

Buckhorn State Park Current conditions


Cross-country ski trail conditions.

Check out the new trails from the kid’s fishing pond parking lot. Wind along a 2.2-mile rough trip trail through pines, past a large sandblow and more. Help us name the loop at the north end. Email or leave your suggestion at the park office. Park map has not been updated with these trails.

Hiking, snowshoeing and pets are not allowed on the groomed ski trails. The trail into the new campground is open for pet walking and is packed when there is enough snow.

Snowshoes are available to check out at the park office when the office is open and there is enough snow.


See the DNR Events Calendar for a list of events at Buckhorn and other state parks.


Park stickers are required at the park boat launches, there are no additional fees. Vault toilets are available at Launch A.

People have been going onto Castle Rock Lake to ice fish. Please remember that park staff do not monitor ice conditions.


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.

Sites 8, 9, 16, 26, 27, 28, 29 are open all winter and are first-come, first-served.

The new campground and all other backpack sites are closed for the season.

The group camp and gate are now closed for the season. The flush toilet/shower buildings and dump station are closed for the season. There is a frost-free spigot next to the office restroom year-round.

Applications for the accessible cabin can be mailed or faxed starting January 10.

Campground hosts are still needed for dates in May, June and July 2018 - please contact the park office if you are interested.


All hunting is closed in the state park at this time.

Hunting is open in the Buckhorn Wildlife Area and the Yellow River Wildlife Area. Hunting seasons vary in the wildlife areas.

More information

A vehicle admission sticker is required year-round. Office hours are limited during the week. When the park office is closed, please use the self-registration station to buy admission stickers. Annual sticker purchases will be mailed to you. If you self-register for an annual sticker please submit a check with your address or print legibly on the envelope for accurate mailing.

Check out the ecobox on the barrens trail. Check out a GPS unit at the park office or bring your own to discover the Ranger Rick Geocaches or history of Buckhorn caches.

Last revised: Wednesday February 07 2018