Black River Falls ranked #8 in Millennial Personal Finance’s “Best Cities for Outdoor Lovers” report.

The rankings for this report were compiled by using licensed data and MPF’s unique scoring system. Over 5,000 U.S. cities and towns were evaluated on their outdoor friendliness. For each town and city, the exact number of campsites, outdoor reservations, and parks was summed together. That sum was divided by the respective city’s population to develop the MPF Outdoor Lover Index. A higher score meant a better ranking, and vice versa.

The full report and methodology can be found here:

We are proud that Black River Falls ranked in the top 500 for the Best Cities for Outdoor Lovers list. In today’s world of excessive technology getting outside is as important as ever, and our city is one of the best for this!


The City of Black River Falls is seeking a Chief of Police / Criminal Investigator with a combination of excellent administrative and supervisory skills and extensive knowledge of criminal investigation procedures to provide innovative, professional leadership to the City of Black River Falls Police Department.  A successful Chief of Police must be honest, straightforward, and be able to deal transparently and directly with elected officials, city staff, other law enforcement agencies, and the public.

Responsibilities include research, planning, scheduling, training, disciplinary actions, administering crime prevention programs, public relations, developing and administering policies, directing and coordinating all aspects of department operations and administration, preparing the department’s annual operating budget, and leading criminal investigations.

Candidates must have at least 10 years of full-time law enforcement experience with at least 3 of those years in a supervisory position, possess a valid Wisconsin driver’s license, hold current certification as a Law Enforcement Officer in the State of Wisconsin, and have extensive knowledge of the principles and practices of police administration and criminal investigations.

            The City of Black River Falls offers a competitive salary based on qualifications and experience and an excellent benefit package.  All inquiries related to the recruitment and selection process should be directed to Brad Chown, City Administrator / 715-284-5514 /

To apply, send a resume, cover letter, four (4) professional references, and a copy of your most recent DJ-LE-303 form to:  City of Black River Falls, c/o Hiring Committee, 101 S. Second Street, Black River Falls, WI 54615.

Deadline to apply is June 16, 2017.

The City of Black River Falls is an equal opportunity employer.


Win a New Bike !!!

The Black River Falls Police Department is hosting the 2nd Annual Bike Rodeo at City Hall on June 10, 2017!

10:00am-11:00am at the Black River Falls Library.

Obstacle Course, Finger Printing, Face Painting, Ambulance and Fire Truck Display, T-Shirts, Helmets, and Food!


Black River Falls Police Department (715-284-9155), Ho-Chunk Nation Police (715-284-2658), Black River Falls Library (715-284-4112), Whitetail Crossing, and Ho-Chunk Environmental Health.


Black River Memorial Hospital Application for Conditional Use Permit

Please take notice that a public hearing will be held before the Planning Commission of the City of Black River Falls on Wednesday, June 7, 2017 at 5:30 P.M. at City Hall in the City of Black River Falls to hear the petition of Black River Memorial Hospital to obtain a conditional use permit for Black River Memorial Hospital to construct a professional office building on the following described land and premises:

Northeast ¼ of the Northwest ¼ of Section 15, Township 21 North Range 4 West, City of Black River Falls, Jackson County, Wisconsin.
Parcel #206-2335.0000
775 North 8th Street, Black River Falls, WI 54615.

The conditional use permit would allow Black River Memorial Hospital to construct a professional office building on the premises for the purpose of medical records, coding, transcription, release of information, customer service, insurance billing, credit and collection service, financial assistance, and other patient-related business matters.

All interested persons are urged to attend.

Alex B. Chown
City Clerk
City of Black River Falls

Posted: May 17, 2017


Street excavation will begin in Clifton Acres the week of June 5th starting at Forrest Street and working North to the cul-de-sac, then continuing onto Clifton Street. Gordon Street will get new sewer, gravel and pavement, and a storm basin will be installed towards the East end of Gordon Street.

As each street is being excavated we ask that there be NO PARKING on the street. The police department will be posting signs to remind people.

Paving will be completed in August before school starts.

Discover Wisconsin Episode to Feature Black River Falls

  • Water Trails of the Driftless Airs: 05/13/2017 – 05/14/2017

Bust out your paddles and scuba gear: Discover Wisconsin is kayaking, canoeing and “cannonballing” their way through west central Wisconsin. First, they discover the waterways of the La Crosse area by kayak, pontoon and airboat. Heading north to rural Trempealeau County, Mariah takes in a stunning view of the Mississippi River from Perrot State Park. In Buffalo County, she kicks things up a notch by attempting barrel racing but slows things down at Danzinger Winery, Merrick State Park and a farm-to-fork hidden gem along the river. The show comes to a close in Black River Falls, home to Wisconsin’s deepest lake and the endangered Karner blue butterfly. If you’re all about that H2O, this episode is for you.

Click here to watch the episode on-line


NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Board of Review for the City of Black River Falls will meet on

June 7, 2017 from 9:00 A.M. to at least 11:00 A.M. at City Hall, 101 S. 2nd Street, Black River Falls, WI.

Please be advised of the following requirements to appear before the Board of Review:

No person shall be allowed to appear before the Board of Review, to testify to the Board by telephone or to contest the amount of any assessment of real or personal property if the person has refused a reasonable written request by certified mail of the assessor to view such property.

After the first meeting of the Board of Review and before the Board’s final adjournment, no person who is scheduled to appear before the Board of Review may contact, or provide information to, a member of the Board about the person’s objection except at a session of the Board.

No person may appear before the Board of Review, testify to the Board by telephone or contest the amount of any assessment unless, at least 48 hours before the first meeting of the Board or at least 48 hours before the objection is heard if the objection is allowed under sub. (3) (a), that person provides to the clerk of the Board of Review notice as to whether the person will ask for removal under sub. (6m) and if so which member will be removed and the person’s reasonable estimate of the length of time that the hearing will take.

When appearing before the Board, the person shall specify, in writing, the person’s estimate of the value of the land and of the improvements that are subject of the person’s objection and specify the information that the person used to arrive at that estimate.

No person may appear before the Board of Review, testify to the Board by telephone or object to a valuation if that valuation was made by the assessor or the objector using the income method, unless the person supplies to the assessor all of the information about income and expenses, as specified in the Assessor’s manual under s. 73.03 (2a) of Wis. Statutes, that the assessor requests.  The City of Black River Falls has an ordinance for the confidentiality of information about income and expenses that is provided to the assessor under this paragraph and shall provide exceptions for persons using the information in the discharge of duties imposed by law or of the duties of their office or by order of a court.  The information that is provided under this paragraph, unless a court determines that it is inaccurate, is not subject to the right of inspection and copying under s. 19.35 (1).

Please also be advised that the Open Book session for informal talk with the City Assessor and to file written objections has been scheduled for June 2, 2017 from 9:00 AM to 11 AM.

Alex B. Chown, City Clerk – City of Black River Falls

City Announces Launch of New Website

The City of Black River Falls is pleased to announce the launch of our brand new website! After eight months of hard work and dedication, we are delighted to officially announce the launch of the official website for the City of Black River Falls at

Our goal with this new website is to provide residents and visitors an easier way to learn about the City of Black River Falls.   The website offers a convenient search bar to assist visitors in easily navigating the entire site and quickly finding what they are looking for as well as the latest news and notices related to the city.

Features of the new website include access to useful information about our services on the homepage as well as links to our Facebook and Twitter accounts.  Those visiting the new website will also find information on our government officials, meetings, city departments, city parks, local ordinances, maps, on-line payment options, and general information for new residents

We hope local residents and visitors to our area find the new website helpful and easy to access information about the city and benefit from the links to other community groups and organizations that make Black River Falls a fine place to raise a family and a dynamic location for businesses

Please visit the new website at and follow us on Facebook and Twitter

Website Launch Press Release