Located on a peninsula that juts into Castle Rock Lake in northern Juneau County, Buckhorn State Park offers a unique outdoor experience.
The 4,600-acre park and wildlife area sits at the confluence of the Wisconsin and Yellow Rivers and features a landscape of sandy soil left behind by the retreating glaciers. Dense forests of jack pines and oaks alternate with prairies grasses, wild flowers and sedge meadows. Wildlife includes osprey, heron, sand hill cranes, hawks, beavers and otters.
There are 7 miles of trails to explore, including one that leads to a pond stocked with fish for young anglers, a geocaching trail and one that includes a 20-foot observation tower. In the winter, five miles of the trails are groomed for cross-country skiing.
Five boat launches give quick access to the great fishing available on Castle Rock Lake, one of the largest lakes in the state. There also is fishing equipment available for the park for those who want to fish the shoreline.
If you didn’t bring your own, you can rent canoes and kayaks on site. A 10-stop canoe interpretive trail is a fun way to learn more about the park’s wetlands. Paddle sport enthusiasts are cautioned to not venture too far out from shore where gusty winds can make navigation difficult.
A 300-foot swimming beach with a sandy bottom is located on the eastern side of the park. Swimming is unsupervised.
Camping options range from 42 secluded backpack sites on or near the waterfront to eight family campsites for tents and pop-up trailers and three group sites for up to 40 people each. Toilet facilities are available, but campers and day trippers should bring their own supply of drinking water. Some sites are suitable for people with disabilities.
As at other Wisconsin state campgrounds, there is a reservation fee of $9.65. Nightly camping fees per site are $18 for state residents and $23 for non-residents. Sites with electricity are $10 more.
The Yellow River State Wildlife Area adjacent to the park on the northwest side. The Necedah National Wildlife Refuge is just 9 miles north of the park.
Traveling north on Interstate Highway 90/94 from Madison: take Exit 69 (Mauston) and turn west (left) on State Highway 82. At the traffic signal, turn north (right) on State Highway 58. Go about 8.7 miles to the third intersection with County Highway G. Turn right and go about 3.5 miles; the park entrance will be on your right.
Traveling south on Interstate Highway 90/94 from La Crosse or Eau Claire, take Exit 143 (Tomah/Necedah) and turn east (left) on State Highway 21. Go about 22 miles to Necedah. In Necedah, turn right at the stop light onto State Highway 80. In about 4 miles, where Highway 80 angles to the right, go south on State Highway 58. Go about 3.1 miles to County Highway G. Turn east (left) and go about 3.5 miles; the park entrance will be on your right.
|Address||W8450 Buckhorn Park Ave., Necedah, WI, 54646|
|Price Range||Fees listed above. Under $50 per nite|