Black River Falls

  • Native American dancers at Ho-Chunk Pow wow in Black River Falls.

    Native American dancers at Ho-Chunk Pow wow in Black River Falls.
  • Kayaking is the perfect family fun activity for a warm summer day.

    Kayaking is the perfect family fun activity for a warm summer day.
  • Twice a year the Ho-Chunk welcome all friends and neighbors to attend their pow-wow held as a celebration of thanks.

    Twice a year the Ho-Chunk welcome all friends and neighbors to attend their pow-wow held as a celebration of thanks.

Located along I-94, Black River Falls in Black River Country is a convenient destination for outdoor adventure. Mountain bikers, hikers, and birdwatchers can explore miles of wilderness trails in either the Black River State Forest or the Jackson County Forest, home to black bear, timber wolves, and the endangered Karner Blue butterfly. Black River Country also offers 235 miles of the best designated ATV and single-track motorcycle trails in the Midwest.

The winding Black River is popular for canoeing, boating, tubing and great fishing. Wazee Lake, the deepest lake in Wisconsin and one of the clearest, is a popular year-round scuba diving destination. Along the area’s quiet country roads you’ll find unique shops and antiques dealers – the perfect combination for the weekend treasure hunter. Stroll through downtown Black River Falls to see the historical murals that tell the town's story, or stop in at Sand Creek Brewery for a tour. Ho-Chunk Gaming offers the very best in gaming when you're ready to come inside.

Classic scenic drive.

On the eastern side of Jackson County, North Settlement Road, a Wisconsin Rustic Road, winds through the Black River State Forest with its beautiful hardwood stands, pines and abundant wildlife like sandhill cranes, eagles, ducks and geese.

Mark these events on your calendar:

  • Karner Blue Butterfly Festival and 5K, 10K, Half Marathon
  • Oktoberfest
  • Crowning of the Festmaster and Mistress and the tapping of the golden keg
  • Christkindl is a festival that combines Christmas charm and Old World Traditions
  • The Ho-Chunk Nation holds it annual gatherings during Memorial Day and Labor Day weekends

Explore your adventurous side

Black River Country provides a bounty of outdoor recreational opportunities. Nearly 200,000 acres of State and County forest areas are open to ATVing, UTVing, snowmobiling, mountain biking, single track motorcycling, hunting, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, and hiking. If you're looking for water sports, the Black River, Lake Wazee, Lake Arbutus, Potter and Teal Flowages and small streams offer a wide range of opportunities from swimming and scuba diving to canoeing, kayaking, boating, and fishing.

Fishing? You’ll catch the big one if you ...

Jackson County features lakes, streams and ponds to accommodate a variety of fishing all year round. The Black River is known for its musky, walleye and small mouth bass. Excellent summer and winter fishing is available in both Lake Arbutus and the Black River Falls Flowage, and the Potter and Teal Flowages where panfish, northern pike, musky, and bass can be found. If trout fishing is your sport, our county is home to many gentle trout streams where brown, brook and rainbow trout lurk beneath the surface. Youth fishing is available in Oasis Pond and the Lunda Center Pond.

Four Seasons of Fun

  • Spend a day picking strawberries, blueberries or apples.
  • Enjoy our local antique shops.
  • Visit our Field of Honor Veterans Memorial or Highground Veterans Memorial.
  • Tour our local brewery and winery.
  • Check out Ho-Chunk Gaming.
  • Play some disc golf.
  • Hike our Foundation Trail.
  • Ski, tube or snowboard at Bruce Mound.