Black Hawk State Park is a state park of Iowa, USA, located in Emmet County. The park has an area of 1,872 acres (7.36km2), and lies mostly within the city limits of Estherville. A small portion extends into neighboring Hardin County. It features scenic overlooks on Lake Wapsipinicon and adjacent farmland.
There are over 200 campsites at the park, including youth group sites that can accommodate 50-60 campers. Toilets, showers, and a sanitary dumping station are provided at all campsites. Half of the campsites are available year round; the remainder open from May to September. Camping facilities include modern electrical hookups as well as non-modern campsites with access to water and restrooms but no electricity. Modern campsites have sewer and water hookups as well as picnic tables, grills, and leantos.
Advance campsite reservations can be booked through the park reservation system. Walk-in camping sites open each day during regular season. Backcountry camping is not permitted. The park hosts many special events, including music festivals, parades, historical reenactments, and fairs. Events scheduled for 2012 included the annual Christmas event, “A Winter’s Tale,” and the summer event, “Concert in the Parks.” In 2013, there will also be Halloween Hikes every weekend October. Each hike begins and ends near the parking lot/bathhouse and includes a stop for snacks and beverages along the trail. Other planned activities for the coming years include cross country skiing, snowmobiling, disc golf, and outdoor education programs.
The park was closed for several months due to extensive damage incurred in a severe thunderstorm on June 20, 2011. Recovery efforts restored service by July 25, 2011, and the park reopened to the public on August 26, 2011. On Labor Day Weekend, Sept. 7-9, 2012, more than 100,000 people came out to celebrate the 10 Year Anniversary of the City of Estherville and the 15 Year Anniversary of BHSP with a three-day festival called “Estherville Rocks”. More than 40 bands performed on two stages with almost 30 different kinds of food served in a constantly changing variety of locations.
The lake provides fishing for:
- largemouth bass
- northern pike
- yellow perch
- channel catfish