About Us

Blackhawk Lake Recreation Area is owned by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) with an operational easement granted to Iowa County. The Wisconsin DNR has jurisdiction of the lake and designated wildlife areas. The Cobb-Highland Recreation Commission, consisting of ten board members, five from Cobb and five from Highland,  oversee the operations of the recreational area. Blackhawk Lake Recreation Area is not part of the Wisconsin State Park System, and therefore, does not receive any funding from State or County tax dollars.


The Blackhawk Lake Recreation Area consists of over 2,050 total acres. The lake itself is 220 acres and full of bluegill, crappie, northern pike, walleye, and large mouth bass. (Check out our fishing page for more info.) Our recreation area is a total of 330 acres, which includes our campground, boat launch, and picnic areas. We also have 1,500 acres of designated wildlife area that is used for hiking and seasonal public hunting. (Check out our hunting page for more info.)

The park first opened on
July 4th, 1972

"Have to see it to believe it! Nature's beauty and a clear lake to enjoy a variety of water experiences on.
Visit BHL today!"

"Great fishing, clean campgrounds, showers, and some flush toilets. Nice beach also areas for kids to play. The nicest most knowledgeable staff. Can't wait till I can get back."

"Beautiful lake and camping. The water is so clean you can see your feet when swimming. Great place to kayak, fish, and just relax!"