Outdoor Recreation in Black River Falls

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In the northeast portion of Jackson County is Hartfield-Lake Arbutus, a recreation area with a population of 50 in the winter – and 5,000 in the summer! Along with a pristine, natural beauty, Lake Arbutus offers fishing, boating, swimming and water skiing, with approximately 250 campsites along its shores.

The eastern portion of Jackson County lies mostly in state and county forests. Combined, these forests cover more than 180,000 acres. The forests have long been a favorite destination of the outdoor enthusiast. The Wazee Trail, a winding, pleasant 62-mile auto tour, traverses the area’s fascinating sights.

These lands have been the home of the Winnebago Indians since long before the white man settled the area. The Indian mission, located east of the city of Black River Falls, along with Sand Pillow Indian Village, are home to many Native Americans. Red Cloud Memorial Park, the site of their biannual Indian Pow Wow, is located nearby.

The Black River and Trempealeau River and their many tributaries deliver excellent fishing – stalk the mighty Muskie, soak a line for a channel catfish or float a fly over a rising brook trout. For canoers, the Black River and its East Fork offer 75 miles of scenic waters. Along your journey you can fish, swim, sight-see, and camp on an island or rock outcropping. The lower Black River offers placid waters while the upper river and East Fork have fast-moving, rocky waters for whitewater rafting and other exciting outdoor adventures.

Jackson County and the Black River State Forest have over 254 miles of snowmobile trails crisscrossing the idyllic countryside. State trail corridors link with adjoining counties for almost limitless riding area. There are more than 100 miles of ATV trails between City Point, Pray, Lake Arbutus, Black River Falls and Millston. The Crawford Hills-Pray area has over 32 miles of motorcycle trails, 10 in the Millston area. Recreational vehicle trails are open May 15 – October 15 and December 15 – March 15. A new addition to the trail system is Crawford Hills ATV/Motorcycle Park with camping, picnicking and playground facilities. The forests are well-known as an excellent hunting area for deer, turkey, grouse, woodstock, waterfowl, squirrel and rabbit.

The new 18-hole Skyline Golf Course in Black River Falls will challenge the best players, handicappers and duffers alike, and is recognized as one of the most scenic course in the region.

The Black River Falls Community Park is a 44-acre multi-use recreation facility focusing on entertainment, education and the environment. Park amenities include a large community shelter and picnic areas, smaller family picnic areas, a new aquatic center, game fields and court, a children’s play area, scenic overlooks, and biking/hiking trails.

Many service clubs and organizations enhance the quality of life in Jackson County. “Project Christmas” was started here locally and distributes donated items and food to needy families. Interfaith Volunteer Caregivers coordinates volunteers from numerous area churches to serve elderly and disabled persons.

Community support for youth sports is unsurpassed in Jackson County. Summer and winter, spring and fall, children of all ages are encouraged to participate in organized athletics including baseball, softball, soccer, figure skating, hockey and more.

The Lunda Recreation Center is open to the public and has a large swimming pool, hot tub, sauna, racquetball courts, walking/jogging track and weight room. The Center serves as a high-level physical training facility as well as offering a comprehensive, year ‘round program of recreational activities.

The Falls Players Community Theater is a showcase for exceptional local talent. Supported by large, enthusiastic audiences, generous area patronage and the Wisconsin Arts Board, the theater produces three major plays each year.