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Black Hawk State Park

228 South Blossom

Black Hawk Lake lies off the southeast tip of the town of Lake View in Sac County, Iowa. Black Hawk Lake was formed many thousands of years ago by glacial action. In fact, it is the southern-most glacier-formed lake in Iowa. The lake's 957 acres which adjoins the state park, and the many services provided within the town of Lake View, all combine to provide a variety of outdoor recreation opportunities to the public.

There is a great deal of Iowa history at Black Hawk Lake. In 1828, President John Quincy Adams formally declared that all lands east of the Mississippi were to be sold to settlers gradually moving their way westward. This resulted in the forcing of Indian tribes to the west. Chief Black Hawk and 2,000 of his followers refused to move and the "Black Hawk War" resulted. Future President Abraham Lincoln fought in the Black Hawk War in command of a detachment of Illinois militiamen. In August of 1832, Chief Black Hawk was defeated at the Bad Ax River in Wisconsin. In 1838, the chief died and was buried in a sitting position facing southeast near Iowaville on the Des Moines River. Later, his remains were stolen, the skull was recovered, and then lost in a fire.


Jack 'n Karen Bowden

Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2018
Not the one of the better state parks. Better for smaller trailers. Some spaces very off level. Water along bank didn't look real clean, wouldn't let dogs in it. The next day I seen people taking water samples.

Pam Huss Brauckman

Friday, July 20, 2018
This is a beautiful campground we come here several times a year for the past 20 years.. it's still my son's favorite even after going to many others to explore..u can be close or .in the center of the hustle or off to the side.. .. love it.!!

David W

Monday, July 23, 2018
Good camp sites. Amenities are fair and usually clean. Area is friendly with good trails for hiking, and many good fishing spots.

Diann Lambert

Saturday, June 30, 2018
Had a lot right on the lake with a great view. The DNR goes thru often so its protected very well. Stayed 2 weeks with not one single ordeal.

Marilyn Meneses

Friday, July 27, 2018
Haven't camp there yet but not bad lake

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