Blackduck, Blackduck Lake and Blackduck River took their name from a species of duck common throughout the state. A prehistoric Indian village once stood on the shores of Blackduck Lake, and some of the early fur traders may have visited this area, portaging over the Continental Divide, then traveling north on the Blackduck River.
Approximately 5,245 acres of the Blackduck State Forest are covered by water. Game, especially bear, deer, ducks and partridge, being plentiful, hunters come to Blackduck in great numbers during the hunting season. Such rapid strides have been made by the community that it claims to be the "livest small town in the Northwest".
Visit the Blackduck Area History and Art Center to view exhibits and learn about Blackduck's history.
Read more in-depth about Blackduck's History at Lakes n Woods.