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Visitor Center

Completed in 2004 and located 1.5 miles north of the village of La Farge on State Highway 131, the Kickapoo Valley Reserve Visitor Center is a beautiful addition to the Reserve that graces the river valley and melds with the landscape.

The Center features an expansive block of south-facing windows to take advantage of passive solar heating and a great view. Trees harvested from the Reserve have been used in faux pillars in the lobby, exhibit panel holders, benches, window trim, front desk (including glu-lam counters), the director's desk, and several furniture pieces.

A 2,000 square foot exhibit gallery features interactive displays and a 'story fire' corner where one can watch and listen and learn about the Reserve.

The KVR Visitor Center is available for a fee to the public for meetings, special events, educational workshops/seminars, weddings, family reunions, guided tours. (facility fee schedule)

Picture shows a display in the KVR Visitor Center Exhibit 


Kickapoo Valley Reserve Visitor Center

Noteworthy numbers:

  • 8,300 square feet completes the main building.
  • 31 trees were harvested during the reconstruction of Highway 131 for a total of 11,000 board feet that is used in the Center. Products are featured in exhibits to illustrate the importance of the timber industry in the valley.
  • 35 pine logs were peeled by volunteers and high school students for the exhibit center
  • over 15,000 guests annually go through the Visitor Center.
  • 3 loops, made up of 33 trenches, each 300 feet long and containing 600 lineal feet of piping for a total pipe length of 19,800 feet filled with a glycol solution, make up the geothermal heating and cooling system to serve the eight heat pumps.
  • $2.5 million dollars was the total construction cost of the Center through the State of Wisconsin's Knowles Nelson Stewardship Fund and Kickapoo Valley Reserve agency funds.
  • 149 former landowner names in entryway bricks.


Memorial Day Weekend thru Oct. 31
8 am - 4:30 pm
Mon. - Sat.
10 am - 4 pm

Nov. 1 until Memorial Day Wekend 
8:00 am - 4:30 pm Mon. - Sat. Closed on Sunday & Holidays.


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

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