Blackjack Springs Wilderness
|Blackjack Springs Wilderness|
Whispering Lake, Blackjack Springs Wilderness
|Location||Vilas County, Wisconsin, USA|
|Nearest city||Eagle River, Wisconsin|
|Area||5,800 acres (23 km2)|
|Governing body||US Forest Service|
The Blackjack Springs Wilderness is a 5,800-acre (23 km2) wilderness area northeast of Eagle River, Wisconsin. It is located within the Nicolet unit of the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest and is administered by the US Forest Service. The area protects four large, crystal-clear springs at the headwaters of Blackjack Creek, part of the Eagle River and Wisconsin River drainage. The area was added to the National Wilderness Preservation System by Congress in 1978.
The area displays the rolling, uneven landscape caused by the Wisconsin Glacial Episode, typical of the Lake Superior highlands. The wilderness area itself contains one lake, Whispering Lake, and a number of other streams, ponds, and wetland areas. A majority of the forest is new-growth secondary forest, a result of extensive logging during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Logging roads and railroad grades are still evident in the area.
The Blackjack Springs area provides opportunities for camping, hunting, hiking, canoeing, birdwatching, and fishing.