Blackhawk Park

Located adjacent to the main channel of the Mississippi River, the park is three miles north of De Soto, Wis., and 30 miles south of La Crosse, Wis., just off Wisconsin State Highway 35 on County Road Bl. Blackhawk is the largest public use facility in Pool 9 of the mighty Mississippi.

Blackhawk offers a choice of single, double and pull through campsites with electrical hookups. Many sites are located along the shoreline and provide a picturesque view of the Mississippi River. A camping fee is required. Coin-operated showers, playgrounds, toilets, drinking water and a sanitary dump station are also available.

Picnic areas range from accessible, reservable shelters to individual tables and grills located in day-use areas adjacent to the Mississippi River. A sandy beach is open for sunbathing, building sand castles and cooling off on a hot summer day.

Fishing is open to the public along any part of Blackhawk's shoreline. A fishing dock is available to the mobility impaired. There are two boat launching ramps that give access to the Mississippi's main channel. Courtesy docks and fish cleaning stations are also provided.

A variety of programs and activities are provided by park rangers throughout the summer. Such programs may cover topics like recreation, local history and the environment. Activities range from guided walks and campfire talks to natural craft programs.

Blackhawk Park Brochure

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Blackhawk Park
Blackhawk Park


U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Blackhawk Park Project Office
DeSoto, WI 54624
Phone: 608-648-3314
Fax: 608-648-3355

Map & Directions

Blackhawk Park map

Around Blackhawk Park

Make Reservations

You can reserve camp sites and day use facilities at many U.S. Army Corps of Engineers recreation areas nationwide, as well as many other agencies, online by visiting RECREATION.GOV. Reservations may also be made by calling RECREATION.GOV toll free at 1-877-444-6777. logo