The Black River flows gently through Randolph County and Pocahontas. It is characterized by sandy beaches and abundant wildlife and vegetation. It played a significant role in travel and hunting for Native Americans and European explorers and later served development of the area as a means of moving timber and a “highway” for flatboats and riverboats that carried goods and people.


  • Power and Pontoon Boating
  • Canoeing and Kayaking
  • Tubing and Swimming
  • Fishing
  • Picnicking
  • Bird Watching
  • Campgrounds at Pocahontas Riverfront Park and Davidsonville Historic State Park

Services and Overnight Accommodations

  • Pocahontas hotels, motels, guesthouses, and Bed & Breakfast
  • Campgrounds at Pocahontas Riverfront Park and Davidsonville Historic State Park
  • Canoe rentals and shuttle service by Davidsonville Historic State Park with 24 hour notice.

Access Points

  • Pocahontas Riverfront Park ramp
  • Davidsonville Historic State Park ramp
  • Schaffer’s Eddy ramp
  • From Current River at Johnson Eddy ramp and Current River Beach

Length of Floats Between Access Points

Current River Beach to Pocahontas: 8 – 10 hours

Pocahontas to Davidsonville Historic Park: 6 – 8 hours

Types of Fishing

  • Bass
  • Crappie
  • Brim
  • Catfish
  • Walleye
  • Carp

Wildlife and Vegetation

  • Deer, ducks, raccoon, opossums, rabbits, beavers, muskrats, turtles, mussels
  • Willows and a variety of wildflowers and trees



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