The archery area at Blackwell offers year-round challenges for all ages and abilities. You need to bring your own equipment, but there is no fee to use the area. 


Each of the three ranges have bow racks, quivers and limestone shooting lines with overshot and clear zones.

  • A beginner range enclosed on three sides with safety netting with eight lanes and eight standard targets up to 25 yards. Only a quarter of the beginner range is open December – February, but the full intermediate and advanced ranges are open year-round.

  • An advanced range with 11 lanes and 11 standard FITA targets up to 90 meters

  • An interactive range with nine lanes and 15 two-dimensional targets up to 60 yards

Crossbows are allowed, but arrows with broad heads are not. Complete rules and regulations are posted at each range.

The area one hour after sunrise except on Wednesdays, when it opens at 10 a.m. after routine maintenance; it closes daily at sunset.

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