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A Unique Place from All Vantage Points
 
The Kickapoo Valley Reserve is an 8,569-acre tract of land located between the villages of La Farge and Ontario in southwestern Wisconsin. Its history, resources, administration, and recreational diversity make it unique - a place like no other. The state-sanctioned Kickapoo Reserve Management Board is responsible for managing the property on behalf of the State of Wisconsin and Ho-Chunk Nation. As a publicly protected property - subject to state, tribal, and federal laws - visitors are asked to be aware of the rule and permit requirements. 

We invite you to come and see for yourself the many wonders of the Kickapoo Valley Reserve.  Here, sandstone outcroppings tower over the Kickapoo River as you paddle its quiet waters while native plants and animals abound in all seasons.  Whether you'd like to join us for a scheduled interpretive hike, adventure into the backcountry on your own, or simply stop and admire the beauty, the Kickapoo Valley Reserve welcomes you!

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INFORMATION AT A GLANCE

VISITOR CENTER HOURS: 
Monday thru Saturday 8am-4:30pm
Sundays and Holidays 10am - 4pm 

Leave no trace! Pack out ALL Trash!

Hikes and activities subject to change due to weather conditions.

Upcoming KRMB Meetings:

 KRMB Education and Tourism Committee MeetingJune 13, 2024 5:30 pm Agenda
 KRMB Finance Committee Meeting June 10, 2024 9 amAgenda
 KRMB Land Management Meeting July 9, 2024 5:30 pmAgenda
 KRMB Monthly Meeting June 27, 20246 pmAgenda
  • TRAILS - Please report any trail issues. 
     Hike: OPEN
     Equestrian & Bike: CLOSED due to wet conditions
     Old Hwy 131 Trail & Star Valley Trail:  OPEN
    Upper Kickapoo River Water Trail:
    RIVER ISSUES as of 5/29/24.
    Bridges 1-5 OPEN
    Bridge 5-6 - Large tree but passable/duck under
    Bridge 6-7 - A couple of tangles but passable
    Bridge 7-8 - New trees fallen/passable
    Bridge 8-10 - OPEN
    Bridge 10- Bridge 14 - Challenging but passable
    Bridge 14 - Bridge 18 - OPEN

    Total blockage at Bridge 19 - portage required
    Bridge 19 - Bridge 20 - OPEN
    CAUTION- Expect muddy conditions & ALWAYS WEAR A PFD!


    Check current river levels 
    Ontario & La Farge.
  • CAMPING: Secure campsites online up to 45 days in advance
    Campers must book/register online prior to setting up.
    No tents are allowed in D1, D2, D3, D4. 
    Keep vehicles on solid surfaces.
    Check in time is 3pm, check out time is 3pm, sharp. 
     

  • PARK: Keep vehicles on solid surfaces
    Day or annual permit required.
    Use Official KVR map for
    day parking locations.  
    Day parking is not allowed in campsites unless designated.


  • HUNT & FISH: Open to public hunting and fishing
    WI DNR rules and seasons apply. 
    Pick up spent shell casings.
  • SCHOOL ZONE:  School zone map.
  • ETIQUETTE:  Leave no trace of your visit.  Winter  Summer  
  • *E-BIKES: Learn more about E-bikes and the KVR
  • Dark Skies:  Learn more about the night sky

 

 Updated  5/29/24 8am


Rock Outcrop along Kickapoo River
KVR Visitor Center with a trillium
A Sandhill Crane in a field
A view overlooking the Kickapoo Valley Reserve
A does deer standing in a field
A hillside showing the start of changing leaves
A fall view across the prairie with hills in the background
Berries on False Solomon Seal
One of the several ice caves
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Scene across a mowed trail through a field
Cartoon of an compass
Magnolia Warbler  Lichens of the KVR

The Kickapoo Reserve Management Board acknowledges that the state and federal lands that comprise the Reserve fall within the ancestral homelands of First Nations people including the Hooçak Nation. We recognize the sovereignty of the Hooçak and other First Nations and will work towards a shared future by continuing to create collaborative opportunities to protect and preserve these lands.

Kickapoo Valley Reserve | S3661 State Highway 131 | La Farge, Wisconsin 54639 
Phone: 608-625-2960 | FAX: 608-625-2962
kickapoo.reserve@krm.state.wi.us

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