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

Buckhorn State Park Current conditions

Winds off the lake have been drifting and closing the road past the boat launch to campsites 26-29.


Cross-country ski trail conditions.

The Barrens Trail, Glacial Lake Trail, Timber Trail and path from sites 26-29 through the first loop of the campground will be packed for snowshoeing and tracked on one side for classic skiing after the next round of snow. Central Sands Trail is hiking/snowshoeing only due to snow drifts off the lake onto the trail.

Snowshoes will be available to use in the park when the office is open.


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.

Drinking water is available in the campground and at the office (frost-free spigot next to the restroom). Winter sites 8, 9, 16 and 26-29 are  open and are non-reservable. All other backpack sites, group camp, etc. are closed for the season.

The new campground is open and is non-reservable until there is plowable snow. A vault toilet is in each loop. The dump station and flush toilets/showers are closed for the season.

Applications for the accessible cabin can be mailed to the park office starting January 10.


Cranes, osprey, eagles, wood cocks, turkeys, grouse and more can be seen all around the park. One little brown bat has returned near the office bulletin board.


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


People have been accessing the lake from launch A. Part of parking lot is plowed, access to the lake is not. Park staff do not monitor ice conditions.

The accessible fishing pier and boat boarding piers have been removed for the year. Park stickers are required at the park boat launches, there are no additional fees. Vault toilets are available at Launch A.


Please remember, hunting seasons vary between the Buckhorn Wildlife Area and the Yellow River Wildlife Area.

Gun deer hunting is allowed in the Yellow River Wildlife Area and portion of the park north of County G and north of 31st St.  Buckhorn Wildlife Area and park south of G and south of 31st is bow only. All hunters except waterfowl must wear blaze orange during gun deer seasons, even if hunting in bow only area. Hunting maps are available online or at the park office. For questions, check the hunting map or ask park staff.

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: Tuesday February 26 2019