Blackjack Springs Wilderness

Eagle River, WI Wilderness Area
Blackjack Springs Wilderness

Backcountry Camping Allowed up to 14 Days

Hiking

Snowshoeing

Fishing

Free

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The Blackjack Springs Wilderness has been an officially designated wilderness area since 1978. This 5,800 acre land area is located 7 miles northeast of Eagle River, Wisconsin in Vilas County. The main viewing attraction is a series of four crystal clear springs that form the headwaters of Blackjack Creek.

This area of the Northwoods contains a large variety of vegetation and gives visitors a glimpse at what the area looked like before modern civilization arrived. On your visit you will likely spot some wildlife including the possibility of seeing deer, bear, fisher, ruffed grouse, squirrels, and a large assortment of songbirds.

The largest water source, Whispering Lake, offers great fishing for non-motorized boats. You can also enjoy excellent hiking along the Blackjack Springs Wilderness Trail that goes along the lake and the three connecting springs. Small game hunting is also allowed in the area.

Because of its wilderness status, the Blackjack Springs Wilderness area allows "leave no trace" hiking and camping within its designated area. This means limiting any impact you have on the environment to keep it as untouched as possible. Backcountry camping is allowed for up to 14 days as long as the location you choose for your camp is left as you found it upon your departure.

There are some excellent hiking opportunities nearby to explore the National Forest. Some of these trails include: Anvil Lake Trail, Franklin Nature TrailHidden Lakes Trail, & Nicolet North Trails.

Below you will find some helpful resources for your visit to the Blackjack Springs Wilderness including a guide to "leave no trace" camping and hiking. We hope you find these resources beneficial and you enjoy your visit to this gorgeous piece of the Northwoods!

Blackjack Springs Wilderness Map

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