Located on almost 7,000 acres of primarily grasslands and forest, Buckhorn State Park has been providing locals with pristine views and wildlife watching for over 50 years. Beginning as privately owned land in the 1840s, in 1937 the township of Necedah purchased the land and funded construction of the park. It was officially dedicated in 1944.
If fishing is what you and your canine companion are looking for Buckhorn State Park offers a newly built fishing pier, complete with built-in benches and pole receptacle. No equipment is available for rental, so all would-be fishermen should make sure to provide their own gear. Canines are welcome on the pier provided they do not disrupt other visitors.
Water enthusiasts will have a great time here with swimming, canoeing, kayaking, and paddleboarding happening throughout the warmer months. Canoe and paddleboard rental is offered at the Buckhorn Park offices for an additional fee.
For canoe enthusiasts, the connecting Yellow River contains three different canoe trails, with picnic pavilions and scenic overlooks sprinkled throughout. Dogs are allowed on the water, but park officials urge caution if your canine comes along.
Several cabins are available for rental along the Wisconsin River, which flows through Buckhorn. Several options exist, including 4-person, 8-person, and handicap accessible. All rental information is available on the Wisconsin DNR website, or at the Buckhorn Park offices. Traditional camping is also popular here, with many sites located directly on the Wisconsin River. The campsites, as well as the cabins, are dog-friendly, provided they stay on a leash at all times.
Buckhorn State Park offers a lot of volunteer opportunities for individuals of all ages, as well as several events throughout the year that are often free to attend. For dog lovers, the Friends of Buckhorn host an adoption drive in partnership with local shelters twice a year. For information on this, as well as all other programs and offerings, please visit the Wisconsin DNR website.