The Black River State Forest offers many recreational opportunities, including camping, hunting, hiking, skiing and ATV riding. But the Department of Natural Resources also manages this property to meet a host of other objectives, including maintenance of wildlife habitat, native biological diversity, soil and water quality, aesthetics and timber production.
Historic return of elk to the Black River State Forest
After a 125+ year absence from the landscape, elk are roaming free again in the Black River State Forest. Elk were released from their quarantine pen in late August.
While we understand visitors will be anxious to see elk we ask that they maintain their distance. It is important to give these elk space and not pressure them during their first year in a new environment. Avoiding any disruptions to breeding activities will help provide for the herd’s growth.