Black Hawk Unit of the Lower Wisconsin State Riverway

This 815-acre unit of the Lower Wisconsin State Riverway consists of upland hardwood forest, prairies and savanna. The Battle of Wisconsin Heights was fought on the northern edge of the property during the Black Hawk War of 1832. The property’s partially restored oak savanna and trail through the battlefield are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It’s the only property of its kind in the Midwest. Indian Mounds on site date from about 800 AD. The adjoining units of the Lower Wisconsin State Riverway units run westward 92 miles to the Mississippi River. They offer numerous public boat landings, free canoe camping, numerous State Natural Areas and more than 40,000 acres of public land open to multiple recreational opportunities.

Directions: Located 3 miles south of Sauk City on Hwy 78.

Black Hawk Unit of the Lower Wisconsin State Riverway map

Gazetteer: Page 35, 6-C (prior to 10th edition). | Page 85, C-5 (10th edition).

Phone: 608/275-3266 (WDNR South Central Region Headquarters).

Web site: Lower Wisconsin State Riverway Board | WDNR Black Hawk Unit - Lower Wisconsin State Riverway

Signature Species: Eastern Bluebird, Cooper’s Hawk and Willow Flycatcher.

Rare species: Red-headed Woodpecker, Yellow-billed Cuckoo and Western Kingbird.

Parking: Parking lot.

Nearest food & lodging: Mazomanie and Sauk City.