The Battle of Wisconsin Heights was fought on the northern edge of the 815-acre Blackhawk unit of the Lower Wisconsin State Riverway. This is not a “field” per se, but a dry, cactus and sand covered ridge that drops down into a marsh where in July of 1832, Blackhawk and his warriors held back the militia volunteers long enough to allow his people to escape across the Wisconsin River. The battlefield itself is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
The property is located just 25 minutes south of Devil’s Lake State Park, and just south of Sauk-Prairie, Wisconsin on Highway 78. You can take in the history including the Wisconsin Heights Battlefield, Native American mounds dating back to around 800 AD and explore miles of hiking, horseback riding and cross-country ski trails. There are some nice vistas as well!
The Blackhawk Unit is also a popular spot for birders as well featuring Eastern Bluebirds, Cooper’s Hawks and Willow Flycatchers. Rare species include; Yellow-billed Cuckoos, Red-headed Woodpeckers and the Western Kingbird.
The adjoining units of the Lower Wisconsin State Riverway units run westward 92 miles to the Mississippi River. They offer many public boat landings, free canoe camping, many Wisconsin State Natural Areas and more than 40,000 acres of public land open to a variety of recreational opportunities.
- Blackhawk Unit (WDNR)
- Official Map
- The Blackhawk War – WI Historical Society
- Blackhawk’s Account of the Battle of Wisconsin Heights.
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