Camping at the KVR
Primitive camping is available at 25 sites identified on the visitor guide map. About half of the sites are vehicle-accessible for $15/night; about one third are canoe-accessible and about one third are hike-in, bike-in, or horseback-accessible only for $10/night. Campsites are available on a first-come, first-served basis. All campers are required to register and obtain camping permits; camping permits are available at the visitor center or any of the 16 self-registration stations located throughout the Reserve. Sites do not have water or toilet facilities. Plan appropriately.
You are allowed to burn dead and downed wood found on the Reserve. Don't burn garbage. Leave dead trees standing for wildlife. Due to the possible spread of parasites and diseases from wood obtained from out of the area, you are encouraged to obtain firewood close to the Reserve. Wisconsin law restricts the transport of firewood. The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources recommends only bringing wood from within a 50 mile radius. Whatever you bring, burn. The Emerald Ash Borer, which is destroying ash trees, is prolific in Michigan and Minnesota and can be transported via firewood. You can also purchase firewood from local residents.
|Leave No Trace|
The beauty of the Reserve is unrivaled. To preserve it for future generations, we ask that you leave no trace of your visit.
"Pack it in; pack it out" - pick up and pack out all of your litter. Burying or leaving trash is unacceptable, as is burning items as aluminum cans and foil, cigarette butts, bottle caps, glass, folding chairs, chemically treated wood, untreated lumber with nails or screws, plastics, or Styrofoam in your campfire. Only burn paper, cardboard, and untreated wood.
Please minimize your impact...
- Use existing fire pits; don't burn garbage.
- Observe posted camp area capacity limits.
- Prevent human waste from entering water.
- Leave the site better than you found it.
- Respect the serenity of the area - keep noise to a minimum.
Please treat the Reserve with respect. Future access depends on your stewardship.
|To the right are brief descriptions of campsites in the Reserve. Access listed at each site can be defined as……|
No Vehicle Access – Parking is greater than 1000 feet from the campsite. Site access is via trail or canoe.
Vehicle Access Nearby - Parking is less than 500 feet from the site, although not possible for a camper or trailer to be on the site.
Full Vehicle Access – Parking is available on the site.
River Access Only – The site does not have a trail leading to it. Access is best via canoe or kayak.
Each site has a posted capacity limit. Most are limited to 10 people. All campsites are intended for one group, family, or party. Only Willow Camp (D) operates as a multiple group or party site, and is a favorite among the equestrian community.
Large groups camping on the Reserve need to apply for an event permit at least 30 days prior to the anticipated date. Contact the Reserve office for more information.
2019 Updated Campsite Information:
River campsites V, W and X have been relocated Spring 2019. The historic flood of August 2018 prompted KVR officials to relocate these three river campsites to provide campers with a high water evacuation route. The campsites are near their former location. View the campsite descriptions on the right of this page for more information.