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A Unique Place from All Vantage Points
‚ÄčThe Kickapoo Valley Reserve is an 8,600 acre tract of public 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.

We invite you to come 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, and native plants and animals abound in all seasons.  Whether you'd like to join us for a scheduled interpretive hike, adventure into the back country on your own, or simply stop and admire the beauty, the Kickapoo Valley Reserve welcomes you!

The Kickapoo Valley Reserve offers many activities that require registration.  Our registration site is currently under construction. To register for KVR hikes or workshops, please call 608/625-2960 or email  


VISITOR CENTER HOURS:  8 am to 4:30 pm Monday through Saturday; Closed Sundays and Holidays.  

Seasonal Trails Report:  Click here for winter trails map
 Spring like conditions exist, expect mud, ice, melting snow & higher than normal water levels. 

  • Old Hwy 131 Trail is Open to Hiking Only 
  • Cross Country Ski Trails: CLOSED
  • Winter Hiking:  OPEN - Hiking is allowed year-round but use caution and please let us know of problem spots.
  • Fat Tire Bike Trails:  CLOSED   (see map for designated trails and weather condition parameters)
  • Snowmobile Trails in the KVR:  CLOSED  Click here for Vernon County Trails Status 
TRAILS:  Equestrian and Bike trails are CLOSED for the season.  

KICKAPOO RIVER:  Spring like conditions exist.  River levels are fluctuating.  Click here for current river information

HUNTING:  The KVR is open to public hunting.  Hunters please be aware of your target and beyond; do not shoot near trails or campsites; do not trespass on to private land.  Hunting etiquette and care of the Reserve helps the traditions continue on public lands.  Be safe and leave no trace of your visit.

(updated 2/21/2017)

A rock cliff along the 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

  Click For Winterfest Young girl wearing Summer Camp hat Scene across a mowed trail through a field  Magnolia Warbler   Cartoon of an compass

Kickapoo Valley Reserve | S3661 State Highway 131 | La Farge, Wisconsin 54639 
Phone: 608-625-2960 | FAX: 608-625-2962

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