On the western side of Wisconsin near Black River Falls, Black River State Forest offers a wide variety of recreational activities and is also a refuge for wildlife and visitors alike. After 125 years without elk in the area, elk were reintroduced in 2015 and 2016 and now freely roam the area. Visitors are asked to please give the elk plenty of space and do not disturb wildlife.
The park sits on the edge of the Driftless Area, a geological region in Wisconsin, Minnesota, and Illinois that was never glaciated—meaning that the area lacks the deposits left from glacial melting and water runoff. The terrain in the area is more rugged than that of other nearby regions.
At Black River State Forest, visitors can enjoy motorized recreational vehicles like ATVs, UTVs, and motorcycles on 34 miles of trails, which are open during specific seasons. There are also 29 miles of biking trails, most of which are also open to hiking and even skiing.
For overnight guests, there are a variety of campsites to choose from. Guests can make reservations for overnight camping through the park’s website or by calling the park office during business hours. Camping rates vary depending on type of site and other conditions.
Admission to Wisconsin state parks requires a park admission sticker, which can be purchased at entry or online for daily rates or an annual rate. Prices start at $8 for Wisconsin residents and $11 for out-of-state vehicles.
Dogs are permitted in most campgrounds In Wisconsin state parks, as well as on trails and roads, but must be kept under control at all times. Leashes can be no longer than eight feet in length. Do not allow your dog to disturb local wildlife or become a nuisance to others.
If you go hiking with your dog, come prepared with plenty of water for yourself and your pet. Also, bring waste bags and be sure to clean up after your pet. Be respectful of posted signs where dogs may not be permitted. In Western-Central Wisconsin, Black River State Forest is a rugged, beautiful refuge for all your outdoor hobbies. Bring your family and furry companions and enjoy the views.