There are several parks and recreational areas in and around Lake View and Black Hawk Lake. Whether you enjoy water-related activities, hiking & biking, hunting, fishing, camping, picnicking, swimming, wildlife watching or other activities and attractions, there is something for everyone.
Lake View is a hot spot for area campers! The community has two campgrounds: Camp Crescent and 30 Acres.
Camp Crescent is located closest to Lake View on Third Street, adjacent to the Town Bay portion of Black Hawk Lake. Camp Crescent provides easy access to the waters of Black Hawk Lake, with a boat ramp and large parking lot located next to the campground.
Also adjacent to the campground is Crescent Beach, a large sandy beach with playground equipment and a shelter house. Camp Crescent also has two sand volleyball courts, new playground equipment, a concession stand, and the Boulder Beach miniature golf course - a 19-hole mini-golf course located along the shores of Black Hawk Lake. The course has a natural landscaping theme utilizing trees, bushes, flowers, rocks and water hazards as the obstacles.
Wanting to spend a little more time on the water? Camp Crescent rents paddle boats and kayaks. Camp Crescent is also within walking distance of the Sauk Rail Trail and Stub Severson Memorial Hiking Trail.
Looking for a more serene camping getaway? Try 30 Acres Campground. Located on the south side of Black Hawk Lake, 30 Acres offers a natural, secluded setting for a weekend outing or extended camping adventure.
There are many amenities in or nearby the 30 Acres Campground. Fishing can be enjoyed from your shoreline camping spot. Swimmers can swim at an unsupervised beach. Families can enjoy modern playground equipment. Groups looking for some fun competition can utilize the sand volleyball court, horseshoe pits and a disc golf course. B.Y.O.D - Bring Your Own Discs.
Adjacent to the campground is a boat ramp and shelter house. This historic shelter house was constructed during the Great Depression by the C.C.C. using native field stone.
Black Hawk Lake has many historic structures constructed during the Great Depression by the C.C.C., but the most iconic structures in the area are the Stone Piers. These historic piers offer excellent access to the waters of Black Hawk Lake for fishing, bird watching, or just relaxing. They also provide the background for many summer weddings and Lake View's annual series of outdoor music concerts - the Stone Pier Summer Concert Series.
Take a stroll on the Pier to Pier walkway that connects the two Stone Piers. What a great way to watch the action on Black Hawk Lake!
Looking for some good old-fashioned family fun? Black Hawk Lake has terrific spaces for picnicking or hosting your family reunion. There are two historic, native stone shelter houses near the lake, one at 30 Acres and one at Denison Beach. These shelters can be reserved through the Iowa DNR and provide a great place to host your friends and family. Wade in the water on the sand beaches, toss a frisbie, put up your volleyball net, fire up the charcoal grill or just sit back and enjoy the day.
Picnickers can also enjoy the wide-open spaces of Gun Shot Hill or Ice House Point. These lakeside recreation areas offer great views of Black Hawk Lake and shoreline fishing opportunities. Ice House Point also offers access to a hard-surface walking/biking trail and a handicap-accessible dock.
If you're looking for more action, check out Speaker Park. This two-acre park features modern playground equipment, a basketball court, ample open space and two shelter houses - one open-air shelter and one enclosed shelter that is heated and cooled year-round. Speaker Park is also home to the community's Memorial Rose Garden. The park has modern restroom facilities for public use as well. The Speaker Park shelter house can be reserved by contacting the City Hall at 712-657-2634.
In addition to the popular Sauk Rail Trail, the Lake View area has other trails for recreational use. Hikers frequent the Stubb Severson Nature Trail adjacent to the inlet at the south of Black Hawk Lake. Dedicated in memory of Bernard "Stubb" Severson, this self-guided interpretive trail winds through the Black Hawk Game Preserve and is used to access the Witches Tower, a stone shelter built by the C.C.C. during the Depression on the highest point overlooking the Black Hawk Lake area.
The Game Preserve trail system also boasts a multi-use trail that can be utilized for horseback riding.
Three public golf courses are located within fifteen miles of Lake View. Spring Lake Golf & Country Club is a nine-hole, par 36 course located five miles west of Lake View along Highway 71. Sac Country Club, located in Sac City, is a nine-hole, par 34 course. Breda Golf Course, is a nine-hole, par 35 course located on the east side of Breda, approximately 10 miles south of Lake View. Breda also has a driving range available to golfers.
When colder weather arrives, outdoor activities continue at Lake View and Black Hawk Lake. Winter brings ice fishing, snowshoeing, ice skating and snowmobiling. Lake View and Sac County offer great terrain for snowmobiling, with groomed trails countywide. Snowmobilers can also use the 33-mile Sauk Rail Trail running from Lake View to Carroll. The annual Snowmobile Drag Races in January and Arctic Open Golf Tournament on the frozen waters of Black Hawk Lake the first weekend of February are popular area winter events.