BLACK RIVER STATE FOREST
The Black River State Forest, established in 1957 includes approximately 67,000 acres in Jackson County. The area is unique among the state forests mainly because of its geological features. The Forest lies on the edge of the glaciated central plain east of the rough coulee region or driftless area of Wisconsin. If you hike the nature trail to the top of Castle Mound, one can observe what was once the bed of glacial Lake Wisconsin. Unglaciated buttes, sandstone hills, and castellated bluffs such as Castle Mound dot the vast forest landscape.
Dike 17 Wildlife Area is of special interest on the forest and a must visit. The 3,700 acre area is primarily managed for waterfowl. Approximately 2,100 acres of this area are a wildlife refuge. Some endangered and threatened wildlife species which can be found there include the bald eagle, osprey, Karner blue butterfly and the Massasauga rattlesnake. In addition, the threatened eastern timber wolf has reestablished its presence on the forest.
Hunting is permitted on State Forest land except for some public use areas. The forest provides excellent hunting for whitetail deer, ruffed grouse, wild turkey and squirrels. Fishing is also popular on the Black River, East Fork of the Black and various flowages. Walleye, bass, northern pike, musky and panfish are a few species that can be found in these waters.