Picnicking/Shelters Black Hawk State Park provides quality picnicking opportunities for the public. There are many places to enjoy an informal cookout, all within sight of the beautiful lake. Four open picnic shelters are available and may be reserved online through the park reservation system. Camping The Black Hawk State Park campground is a large one. It will accommodate 128 camping units, including 89 campsites equipped with electrical hookups. The campground features modern shower and rest room facilities. Nearby, a Frisbee golf course is available for some fun-filled exercise. A volleyball court and a large playground facility also offer lots of fun opportunities for campers, young and old. Advance campsite reservations can be made through the park reservation system. Half of the campsites are still available for self-registration on a first-come, first-serve basis. Lake Activities (swimming, boating, fishing) Angling is a popular pursuit at Black Hawk Lake. Channel catfish, crappies, walleyes, bluegills, sunfish and several types of bass abound and provide a challenge to anglers of all ages. The Iowa Department of Natural Resources provides boat launching ramps on the lake. Three are located within Black Hawk State Park. Swimming is allowed only in designated areas.

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