About Us

Jackson County is located west, central portion of the state on major U.S. Highway 94.   Black River Falls, the county seat, is located an hour from La Crosse, Eau Claire or the Wisconsin Dells.  It is only a couple hours from the Twin Cities, Madison, Mosinee or Spooner. 

The Black River State Forest, miles of ATV trails, campgrounds, local lakes and parks offer the stage for a multitude of hobbies, interests and recreations.  Lake Wazee, formerly a mine quarry, is considered the deepest, inland lake in Wisconsin.  The clear visibility and various other attributes offer a unique diving experience along with many other ways to enjoy the scenic beauty of Jackson County.

Jackson County is also home to the Ho-Chunk Nation District Headquarters. These Indigenous people were first recorded as the Wisconsin Winnebago Tribe, which was given to them by early explorers. In 1994, the nation reclaimed their original name: Ho-Chunk or “People of the Big Voice.”

 Jackson County was formed in 1853 and is named in honor of President Andrew Jackson.  Loggers were the first settlers and were drawn to the area for the white pine.  When logging camps and sawmills closed, the area drew farmers for cranberries, sphagnum moss and strawberries.  Similar to many parts of Wisconsin, there was an influx of Old World Immigrants, which has led to a culturally diverse population. 

Population:  21,145