Blackhawk Park is located on a forested bend of the main channel of the Mississippi River in the scenic river bluffs. The park is the largest public use facility in Pool 9 of the Mississippi River, offering a wide variety of recreational activities. Visitors commonly see a variety of wildlife, including bald eagles, blue herons, ducks, geese, whitetail deer and wild turkey in the park.
Park rangers provide a variety of programs and activities throughout the summer. Interpretive programs are based on recreation, local history and the environment. Other activities range from guided walks and campfire talks, to natural craft programs.
The campground offers over 120 campsites, including 73 with electrical hookups. Flush and vault toilets, showers, and drinking water are provided, as are picnic tables and fire rings. Two picnic shelters, two boat ramps, two playgrounds, a volleyball court, horseshoe pits, fishing dock, and a dump station are located on-site and available for use by anyone.