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Blackhawk Park

Blackhawk Park is located on a forested bend of the main channel of the Mississippi River. The campground is the largest public use facility in Mississippi's Pool 9, offering a wide variety of recreational activities.

The campground offers 175 campsites, including 73 with electrical hookups. Flush and vault toilets, showers, and drinking water are provided, as are picnic tables and fire rings. Two picnic shelters, two boat ramps, two playgrounds, a volleyball court, horseshoe pits, fishing dock, and a dump station are located on-site.

Historic Battle Bluff Prairie State Natural Area is less than 10 minutes away. The site was designated in 1983 and was the location of a Black Hawk Indian War battle. The small river towns of DeSoto, Wisconsin and Lansing, Iowa are nearby. DeSoto is 10 minutes south, with a few restaurants and shops. Lansing is 15 minutes south. LaCrosse, Wisconsin is 30 minutes north, with restaurants, shops, galleries and farmers markets.

This peaceful park is situated on the main channel of the Mississippi River. Cottonwoods, green ash, swamp oaks, river birch and willow trees forest the site, offering nice shade in the summer and beautiful fall colors in autumn. Visitors commonly see a variety of wildlife, including bald eagles, blue herons, ducks, geese, whitetail deer and wild turkey.

Boating, kayaking, canoeing and fishing are Blackhawk's most popular forms of recreation. Park rangers provide a variety of programs and activities throughout the summer. Interpretive programs are based on recreation, local history and the environment. Other activities range from guided walks and campfire talks, to natural crafts programs. Here, one can view majestic bluffs and rich backwater vegetation. Sometimes a river barge or classic paddle-wheeled steamboat can be seen journeying up the river.

  • Accessible Fishing Dock
  • Accessible Flush Toilets
  • Boat Maintenance
  • Boat Ramp
  • Coin Showers
  • Drinking Water
  • Dump Station
  • Fish Cleaning Stations
  • Fishing
  • Flush Toilets
  • Handicap Access
  • Horseshoe Pit
  • Host
  • Interpretive Center
  • Parking Area
  • Pay Phone
  • Picnic Area
  • Playground
  • Ranger Station
  • Recycling
  • Showers
  • Swimming
  • Trash Collection
  • Vault Toilets
  • Volleyball Courts
  • Water

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E590 CTY RD BI, DESOTO, WI 54624

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