• Black River Falls, Wisconsin
    Black River Falls, Wisconsin
  • Deer Capital of Wisconsin
    Deer Capital of Wisconsin

    Wisconsin is recognized as one of the premier deer hunting states in the nation as Wisconsin is home to a thriving deer herd and Jackson County has earned the title "Deer Capital of Wisconsin" for it's large deer population and harvest over the years.

  • ATV Trails
    ATV Trails

    Jackson County has some of the most popular ATV trails in the Midwest. Over 100 miles of trails wind through the scenic Black River State Forest and Jackson County Forest. All trails are clearly marked. No "off-trail" riding is permitted in Jackson County.

  • Karner Blue Butterfly Festival
    Karner Blue Butterfly Festival

    The Karner Blue Butterfly Festival in Black River Falls, Wisconsin, celebrates the endangered Karner Blue butterfly, which is indigenous to the Black River Falls area. The festival is held annually on the 3rd Saturday in July.

Upcoming Events

09/22/2014 - 09/25/2014

09/22/2014 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Utilities Commission




Elk plan still in the works

A proposal to reintroduce an elk herd in Jackson County hasn’t been formally approved, but state wildlife officials hope the agreement soon will be wrapped up.

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources still is working on an agreement that would allow elk to be brought to Jackson County from Kentucky, and DNR officials hope a final decision will be made in the next two months.

We’re still in talks with Kentucky, who is the donor state, and working through things,” said DNR wildlife biologist Scott Roepke, who works in Jackson County. aren’t making any promises to people right now because there’s still a chance we won’t get elk.

The DNR nearly two years ago held a public meeting in Black River Falls where the proposal to reintroduce elk into the area was met with praise by wildlife organization officials and others.

The state’s natural resources board has already formally approved the plan to establish a new herd based in the Black River State Forest area and increase the size of the current Clam Lake elk range in northern Wisconsin.

The DNR now hopes to bring about 150 elk to the state, with half – or about 75 – coming to Jackson County over a three-year period.


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Chamber adjusts to funding change

The Black River Area Chamber of Commerce is adjusting to its new structure where it’s not allowed to use as many room tax dollars for its administrative expenses.

Chamber Executive Director Barb Brower said a recent increase in organization dues isn’t a direct result of the funding structure change implemented last year, but it will be important as the tourism entity moves forward with fewer resources.

It’s obviously important because, like I said before, we’ve had to decrease the resources that we had available in the past,” Brower said. st a different system.

The Chamber recently OK’d a 3 percent increase in membership dues that likely will generate anywhere from $1,200 to $1,500. The Chamber has increased dues at an average of 3 percent in previous years, but the move is important as the organization moves into its third year of using fewer room tax dollars for administrative costs and expenses, she said.


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Judge remembered for respected legal career

Judge Robert W. Radcliffe demanded the same respect he afforded those who appeared before his bench.

Radcliffe’s well-regarded legal career spanned four decades and included 18 years as Jackson County’s judge, and he left behind a lasting impact on the county following his retirement 12 years ago.

He was well-respected by his lawyer and judicial peers. Many of the lawyers in Western Wisconsin practiced before him at one time or another and most shared the same sentiment that he was one of their judges to practice before,” said Radcliffe’s son, Rick.


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