Black River State Forest RV & Campground Guide


Black River State Forest boasts 67,000 acres in Jackson County and lies on the edge of a glaciated central plain east of the rough coulee region or driftless Wisconsin area. The area is unique due to the sandstone hills' geological features, the castellated bluffs, and the unglaciated buttes. The Dike 17 Wildlife Area is of special interest to visitors of the forest; its 3,700-acre area is managed for waterfowl, and 2,100 acres of it is a wildlife refuge. Two forks of the Black River flows through the forest comprised of pine and oak woods under high sandstone abutments, making it the perfect habitat for the yellow-billed cuckoo, American white pelican, eastern fox snake, beavers, and white-tailed deer. Three cities near the state forest are Hatfield, Millston, and Black River Falls. 

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Spring 19-72 F
Summer 58-84 F
Fall 23-72 F
Winter 8-27 F
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RV Resorts & Campsites in Black River State Forest

Visiting a state park can be intriguing, but when you add camping in the forest to the mix, it becomes peaceful and relaxing. To make the experience even better, you could stay in an RV that fits your family's requirements. Check out RVshare’s peer-to-peer platform for an RV rental. 

Russell Memorial Park and Campground

Russell Memorial Park and Campground sits on Lake Arbutus in the town of Dewhurst. It's close to Levis Mound Recreational Area and features many campsite opportunities for RVs with water, electric, and sewer hookups. Some amenities included are Wi-Fi, a dump station, a convenience store, a laundry facility, and three shower houses. Lake Arbutus consists of 821 acres of water that are often boasted as the best fishery in Clark County. There are four boat landings for easy access to the lake. Pets are welcome.

Parkland Village Campground

Parkland Village Campground sits in the gorgeous Black River Falls area with 80 spacious sites for tent and RV camping. The majority of the sites offer sewer, water, and electric hookup accessibility. This pet-friendly campground has direct access to 235 miles of ATV and snowmobile trails. A computer kiosk, a pool table, a TV lounge, darts, and board games are some of the Parkland Village amenities. The campground is near dining, a waterpark, shopping, horseback riding, and hiking trails.

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What to Do at
Black River State Forest

Inside Black River State Forest

Inside the Black River State Forest, there are 33 miles of ATV trails linked with Clark County and Jackson trails for motorcycles and ATVs; some restrictions may apply in parts of the forest. The river provides excellent canoeing and kayaking opportunities with some mild rapids and moderately rocky areas. Forest lakes, flowages, and the Black River are ideal for catching musky, walleye, largemouth bass, catfish, northern pike, and smallmouth bass. There are many hiking opportunities in the forest; the Wildcat and Smrekar trailheads offer 24 miles of multiple-trail use for hiking and biking. Winter activities inside the park include snowmobiling, cross-country skiing, and snowshoeing. 

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How to Get to
Black River State Forest

Coming from Hatfield, you'll want to travel south on County Road K toward County Road East. Take Old Highway 54 for 1.5 miles, and turn right onto South Cemetery Road. Go four miles; turn left onto WI-54 East/WI-54 Trunk East. Next, you'll want to make a right onto Wildcat Road and travel for less than a mile. Make a left onto Battle Point Road, and then follow the signs to the state forest.

If you're coming from the city of Millston, you'll want to head northeast on US-12 West toward Coffey Road. Travel for 11.4 miles, and then turn right onto Andrews Road. Go less than a mile, and turn right onto WI-54 East/WI-54 Trunk East/East Main Street. Continue traveling northeast for 8.5 miles before making a right onto Wildcat Road. Turn left on Battle Point Road, and take the signs to the state forest. 

Entering Black River State Forest

The Black River State Forest is open year round from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Black River State Forest Per vehicle with WI license plates : $8.0

If you're a resident of Wisconsin and are 65 years or older, the admission fee is only $3.

Black River State Forest Per vehicle with out-of-state plates : $11.0

Black River State Forest Per bus with WI license plates : $11.0

Black River State Forest Per bus with out-of-state plates : $15.0

You'll make memories that last a lifetime when you take an RV adventure to Black River State Forest. If you don't have an RV of your own, rent one with RVshare! If you share your trip photos on social media, be sure to tag us, or send them to [email protected] for a chance to be featured on our blog.

Frequently Asked Questions About Black River State Forest

What is the best time of year to visit Black River State Forest?

Late spring till early fall are the best times to visit Black River State Forest. The place is gigantic, comprising more than 60,000 acres. The best activities are hiking, canoeing, and camping.

What is the climate of Black River State Forest?

Black River State Forest's climate is somewhat damp, but the spring, summer, and autumn temperatures are all relatively mild. The forest has "real" Wisconsin winters, however, which are cold and brutal,

What kind of wildlife can be found in Black River State Forest?

Elk was extinct in the area for more than 125 years as of 2015, which is when the State of Wisconsin repopulated the area. You will more than likely see one while traversing through Black River State Forest.

Are there designated RV camping spots in Black River State Forest?

There are several public RV campgrounds within Black River State Forest. They are mostly places based on the pioneer spirit, but you can also find electricity and water hookups should you require them.

Are pets allowed at Black River State Forest?

Dogs are allowed in Black Forest State Forest, but they must be on leashes no longer than 6 feet. They must also be always well-behaved. Guests must pick up after their dogs as well.