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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 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!

The Kickapoo Valley Reserve offers many activities that require registration. If you have questions about registrations, please call (608) 625-2960 or email  

Click here to register

We want to thank all of our generous volunteers who have helped with any and all flood relief efforts.  We so appreciate your support and hard work.  To learn more about becoming a volunteer and future works days, feel free to click here.





VISITOR CENTER HOURS:  8am to 4:30pm Monday - Saturday   Closed Sundays & Holidays

Click here for Local Weather

Purchase 2019 KVR Annual Pass: 

     Family                Individual
 Friends of the Kickapoo Valley Reserve Membership   
*State Park Passes do not apply on the KVR 

Equestrian & Mountain Bike Trails: 
Natural surface trails are CLOSED for the season., including Old 131 & Star Valley Trail.  Trails open May 1, 2019, weather permitting. 

Hiking trails are OPEN. Use only un-groomed edge of groomed ski trail.

Ice Formations: 
Ice is marginal and growing.
Routes to, from, in and around ice formations are steep, slippery and strenuous backcountry hiking. Ice cleats recommended. Click here for more information and maps.

Cross Country Skiing:
Ski trails are CLOSED

Fat Tire Bike Trails:
CLOSED. FTB rules click here

The KVR is OPEN to public hunting; WI-DNR licenses are required. Permanent tree stands or trail cameras are not allowed; respect private property boundaries. Please do not litter and do retrieve all shell casings. Follow Leave No Trace ethics. 

The Kickapoo river has been reported passable by a few hearty winter paddlers. Reminder, the river rarely freezes over enough to cross on foot; the current and fluctuating water levels make it very unstable.  View Kickapoo River water levels for La Farge and Ontario

Camping is OPEN.
Winter camping is allowed.  Campsites, parking areas and access points are not plowed in winter.
*Please subscribe to NIXEL notification system, especially if camping near tributaries or the River.
*NIXEL = Local Emergency Alert Notification Information



 Updated 1/07/2019

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

 Winterfest - Snow Sculpture  Young girl wearing Summer Camp hat Scene across a mowed trail through a field  Magnolia Warbler  Lichens of the KVR   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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