Blackhawk Park COE

Location: Desoto, Wisconsin

Webpage: Corps of Engineers

General Description: Blackhawk Park is located on the main channel of the Mississippi River between the towns of LaCrosse and Prairie Du Chen, Wisconsin.  This location is in the Drifless Area of Wisconsin, which means there are large bluffs on both sides of the Mississippi and is surrounded by deep forests and the Upper Mississippi National Wildlife Refuge.  Nestled near the dam of Pool 9 on the river it provides a secluded camping experience.  The campground offers 175 camping sites, 73 with electric hookups for RVs.  Amenities include bathroom/shower facilities and access to the Mississippi River for boating and fishing.

Brochure

Impressions:

1) This is a large campground broken into two main loops.  Both loops have mostly back-in sites for RVs with electric hookups.  There are no water hookups but there is access to water to fill your tanks at a couple of places in the park.  The west loop has flush toilets and showers, which require free tokens to operate, but the east loop has only a pit toilet.  All of the sites are spacious with gravel pads and are prone to light flooding during heavy rains.  Each site has plenty of room for a picnic table and fire ring.

Campgrounds

2) We stayed in the eastern loop so all we had was a pit toilet.  Even then it was kept clean and was the nicest pit toilet we have encountered.  Since we had our own showers, we did not visit the other bathroom facility.

Bathroom

3) The staff were extremely friendly and made our stay very enjoyable.  The site we had reserved turned out to be too small for our RV and was angled backwards which would have made it difficult to back in.  Fortunately, a ranger came by in his golf cart and offered any of the available first-come, first-served sites.  Since we arrived on a Monday, there were a lot to choose from, so we choose a nice pull-through site with 50 amp electricity and a nice view of the river.