Located 6 miles Southwest of Black River Falls, WI, this Gateway Area Council BSA operated wilderness camp provides a rustic adventure overlooking the Black River. Hoffman Park is perfectly suited for Wilderness Survival Merit Badge. The cliffs are well suited to climbing and rappelling for the experienced–and BSA-certified–climber. While the camp ends at the Black River, there is no true canoe access.
Warning: This is a Leave No Trace area as there are no toilet facilities or garbage service. The only water is by filtering and boiling water from the Black River or the stream in the ravine on the north end of the park. Pack it in and pack it out. For more information on the area, see the DNR’s Black River Canoeing pamphlet.
This facility has a rough maximum overnight capacity of 20-. The main trail runs from the parking area (with a picnic table) to the bluff, then along the bluff to a larger camping area on the south end. This open area has two picnic tables under a tarp frame (no tarp though) and a fire ring with benches. Please clear away brush and dead-fall before starting fires.
Directions to Hoffman Park:
Hoffman Park is located approximately 6 miles SW of Black River Falls on Hwy 54 (Nichols Rd.)
Google Maps of Hoffman Park.
Council Facility Reservations
Hoffman Park is a no-fee facility for Scout groups that pre-register with the La Crosse Scout Office (608-784-4040):
- Unit Guide – Requests for Camping/Activity Facilities.(27k)
- Unit Short Term Camping/Activity Request Form(7k)
- Camping/Activity Roster (5k)
Other forms are available at the Resources page.