BLACK HAWK STATE PARK
Black Hawk State Park is home to the southernmost glacial lake in the United States and is a historical icon of Lake View. Many of the parks structures were built by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930s and serve as beautiful locations for picnics and outdoor events. The city of Lake View holds two annual events at Black Hawk Lake -- the Lake View Water Carnival in July and Arctic Open golf event in February.
The Depression-era Civilian Conservation Corps CCC built many structures in the park that are still in use today. Two refurbished CCC open shelter houses are available on a first-come basis or can be reserved. The original CCC ranger residence has been remodeled into a year-round, fully furnished cabin that sleeps eight comfortably and 11 if needed.
Black Hawk also has a large campground with campsites to offer for overnight stays, several with electric hook-up.
Boat at Black Hawk's 957-acre natural lake. Black Hawk Lake has no motor size restrictions and four boat ramps are located near the water. Swimming beaches at the Thirty Acres campground and Crescent Beach are available for day-use in the summer.
Fish for channel catfish, bluegill, sunfish and more at Black Hawk Lake. Anglers can fish from the universally accessible fishing pier, the nearby Fish House or from the lakeshore where public access is available. A fish cleaning station is located near the Thirty Acres boat ramp.
Black Hawk State Park is located near Carroll
Black Hawk State Park offers picnic areas with tables, grills and shelters. Some spots overlook the beautiful lake view.
Hike the Stubb Severson Nature Trail, a 1.6 mile trail where visitors can learn about the parks plant life at 20 marked sites along the path. Wildlife is often spotted on the trail, including deer, waterfowl and songbirds. Visitors can also venture along the Sauk Trail, a 33-mile hard-surfaced, multi-use trail excellent for hiking and biking, along with snowmobiling and cross country skiing in the winter.
Birdwatchers can explore several trails, spotting a variety of species including warblers and woodpeckers. Winter brings sightings of eagles.