Black Hawk State Park is located near the southeast corner of Lake View town which is based in Sac County, Iowa and sits on approximately 86 acres of land. The park is mainly made up of shoreline that can be found on the southernmost lake in Iowa, the Black Hawk Lake. The 957-acre lake was formed through thousands of years of glacial activity. The exact address of the park can be found in Lake View which is off IA-175 and IA-71.
Black Hawk State Park was opened to the public in 1935 after a lot of construction had been carried out by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) in the early 1930s. However, the recent history of the land where the park sits goes further back into the 1820s and 1830s when President John Quincy Adams made a declaration for settlers to purchase land thereby leading to clashes between the settlers and the Native Americans that had lived in the area for a very long time.
Chief Black Hawk and about 2,000 of his tribesmen refused to move and the "Black Hawk War" ensued. Chief Black Hawk and his people lost the war, but his legacy lives on to this day through several memorials including the naming of Black Hawk Lake, Black Hawk County and Black Hawk State Park.
Besides the historical significance of the park, there are several other activities that can be enjoyed at the park. One event that attracts a lot of attention is the Lake View Water Carnival that is held yearly on the third weekend in July. The event offers several family-oriented activities including a Water Parade.
Other activities that can ordinarily be enjoyed at the park throughout the year include lake fishing, swimming (designated areas only), camping, hiking, and boating. Some of the facilities within the park include showers and restrooms, several campsites, picnic areas, volleyball court, fishing pier, nature trail, open picnic shelters, boat ramps, boat rentals, disc golf course, and a playground.
If you have a dog, you are welcome to bring them along at no extra cost. That said, you will need to follow strict park rules which include the following. First, your dog must always remain leashed or in a secure enclosure. The dog's leash must be no longer than six feet in length. If you choose to camp at the park, remember that you are only allowed to have a maximum of two dogs per cabin or yurt.