What to do in Buckhorn State Park

Buckhorn State Park features a 2,500-acre day use park within the Buckhorn Peninsula on the 13,955-acre Castle Rock Flowage. Located on the state's fourth largest body of water, the park is a rich nature resource attracting anglers, boaters, hunters, and hikers. With its many marshes, bays and beautiful forestland the park is one of the most popular fishing destinations in Wisconsin.

Buckhorn State Park is segregated by developed park area and wildlife area. Originally inhabited by the Winnebago Indians and comprised of primarily white pine, the land was referred to as "unbroken wilderness." By the mid-1800s, the lumber industry moved in and lumbered heavily for nearly two decades. Eventually the Wisconsin and Yellow rivers were dammed creating the Castle Rock Flowage.

Camping is a popular recreation at Buckhorn State Park. There are backpack sites, walk-in sites and group sites. Camping reservations are available online or by calling a toll-free reservation number. Contact information is listed below. Hikers enjoy four miles of earthen path that explore a variety of forest types while providing scenic lake views. An interesting site at the park is Sand Blow Vista, nicknamed Wisconsin's desert. Other interesting sites include the two wildlife observation blinds located near the canoe launch and near 33rd Street. Osprey inhabit the park and are oftentimes seen soaring overhead. Sandhill cranes using the Mississippi flyway visit the park each spring and fall. This quiet park features a swimming beach, picnic grove, shelter, changing stalls, grills, volleyball court, horseshoe pits, and playground. A boat launch for small and medium sized boats is separate from the canoe launch located on the eastern side of the park where canoeists find quieter waters. The lake does not have a horsepower restriction. An interpretive canoe trail guide is available at both the park office and the launch site. Castle Rock Flowage is one of the most popular fishing lakes in Wisconsin. A bounty of fish resides in the lake offering anglers year-round enjoyment. In winter, not only are there an abundance of anglers enjoying ice fishing but also cross-country skiers and snowmobilers frequent the park. Snowmobilers are restricted to certain road.

Contact the park office for details and scheduled events that include the Youth Deer Hunt, the Candlelight Ski, and the Photo Contest. Many features of the park are handicapped accessible.

Folks visiting Buckhorn State Park enjoy private camping, fishing, nature study during holidays and weekends, hiking, boating, waterskiing, canoeing, wildlife observation, swimming, picnicking, bow hunting, ice fishing, cross-country skiing, and snowmobiling.

Buckhorn State Park is located 11 miles north of Mauston in the Castle Rock Lake area.

Southwest Wisconsin has four distinct seasons with warm summers and long winters. January's average temperature is above 16 degrees F (-9 degrees C). Average July temperature is 85 degrees F (29 degrees C). During summer, temperatures can climb to above 90 degrees F (32 degrees C). The area's average yearly precipitation ranges from 32-34". Annual snowfalls in the Southwest Region can range from 20 - 40". Dressing in layers is a good way to remain comfortable in Wisconsin.

W8450 Buckhorn Park Avenue
Necedah, WI 54646-2789

Phone: 608-565-2789

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