Black Lake Recreation Area
Black Lake Recreation Area is a family-favorite on the Great Divide Ranger District. It is spread along the eastern shores of its namesake, Black Lake. The calm waters beckon to adventurers, offering fishing, boating, and swimming.
Bring your trailer with your OHVs and access the Fishtrap Motorized Trail from the nearby Camp Loretta Trailhead just 12 miles away. OHV use in the campground is prohibited.
Fishing draws the attention of many anglers seeking musky, walleye, bass and panfish. Kayaking and canoeing are also enjoyed by visitors, as the water is usually peaceful and calm. A variety of wildlife, including elk, deer, loon, fox and others, make their homes in the area and are often spotted by visitors. The Black Lake Trail offers a 4-mile leisurely hike around the lake, with interpretation about the logging history and the Civilian Conservation Corps heritage of the area.
The campground is located within the birch, pine, and spruce forest surrounding this beautiful 129-acre lake. Most of the 29 sites are lakefront, some on the reservation system. All campsites provide hardened parking area, picnic table, and fire ring and some can accommodate up to a 45-foot trailer. Recycling and trash dumpsters are provided. Vault toilets are provided throughout campground and day-use area. A grassy beach provides ample space to run and play, as well as a spot to relax.
So, if you like to swim, boat, fish, hike and picnic, then the Black Lake Recreation Area is the place for you, located just 30 minutes east of Hayward. Don’t forget your canine friends. Black Lake is one of our dog friendly recreation areas.
At a Glance
|Reservations:||Reservable sites include 1, 2, 6, 8, 10, 11, 13, 14, 15, 16, 18, 19, 20, 22, 24, 25, and 29. The reservation system provides visitors the opportunity to reserve their favorite spot during specific times, ensuring a place to stay, which will be beneficial to local users as well as users traveling from afar. Sites can be reserved at www.recreation.gov or by calling Recreation.go at 1-877-444-6777 or TDD 1-877-833-6777. The campground will still have first come first served sites available for those who prefer a more spontaneous adventure.|
|Fees:||Individual campsite fee is $15/night, payable at the fee envelope tube at the site. Camping fees are $7.50 with use of Interagency Senior or Access Pass. Pass discounts apply only to the fee for the campsite physically occupied by the pass holder.|
|Open Season:||May 5 - October 31|
|Busiest Season:||Camping: June - August|
|Restrictions:||Restrictions for all National Forest System lands can be found by visiting Title 36 Code of Federal Regulations 261 by clicking here. The Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest specific restrictions can be found in the Occupancy and Use Restrictions for the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest please click here. Campsite Capacity
|Closest Towns:||Hayward, WI|
|Operated By:||Forest Service Volunteer Campground Hosts help manage the area and can provide visitor information.|
From Hayward, drive east on County Highway B 23 miles to the intersection with Highway W. Turn left (north) onto Barker Lake Road and drive 4.7 miles to intersection with Fishtrap Road. Continue straight on FR 172 for three miles, turn left (north) onto FR 173. Go 0.4 miles and turn right (east) on the paved campground road (FR 1666).
From Loretta Draper drive north on County Highway GG 8 miles. Turn left onto Forest Road 172 for 5 miles and then turn right onto the paved campground road (Forest Road 1666).
Map showing recreational areas. Map Information
All campsites provide hardened parking area, picnic table, and fire ring. Recycling and trash dumpsters are provided. Vault toilets are provided throughout the recreation area. Some sites are reservable.
All campsites provide hardened parking area, picnic table, and fire ring. Recycling and trash dumpsters are provided. Vault toilets are provided throughout the recreation area. Some sites can be reserved at www.recreation.gov.
|Size Restrictions||Back-in sites unless indicated below:
Lake and Pond Fishing
Fishing draws the attention of many anglers seeking musky, walleye, bass and panfish in 129-acre Black Lake, a 17-foot deep drainage lake. There are paved boat landings located in the campground and a short turnaround at both launches.
This is a 4-mile foot trail that circles Black Lake. The trail map has a history of logging in the Black Lake area and interpretive text for stops along the trail. This trail is an easy two-hour hike around Black Lake. About half of the trail has excellent views of Black Lake.
Wildlife viewing opportunities are plentiful. Be on the look out for elk, deer, waterfowl, bald eagles and more.
There is a picnic area at the south boat launch.
Boating - Motorized
The Black Lake Recreation Area has two boat landings for fishing and recreation watercraft.
Boating - Non-Motorized
The Black Lake Recreation Area has a beach and two boat landings. The calm waters are great for canoeing and kayaking.
A grassy area provides access to the lake featuring a sandy bottom.
Alerts & Warnings
- Safety reminders for hunting season
- Closure on Forest Road 1666 (Black Lake Road) for motorized vehicles
- Closure on Iron River Trail between FR236 and FR242
- Trail Closure Order 09-13-23-02 Terminated
- Closure on Pipeline 4x4 Challenge Trail
- Aquatic Invasive Species decontamination required at Lake Owen and Two Lakes
- Closure Order (Lakewood-Laona, 2019 windstorm)