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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!

                                                       
                 Updated 7/24/24
  - Noon               

  • TRAILS - Please report any trail issues. Use an official KVR Map.
     Hike: OPEN - avoid low areas damaged by flooding
     Equestrian & Bike: CLOSED due to wet conditions
     Old Hwy 131 Trail & Star Valley Trail:  OPEN
    Upper Kickapoo River Water Trail:
           Check current river levels Ontario & La Farge.  
    KNOWN RIVER ISSUES AS OF 7/24 at Noon

    River passable Landing 1 to Bridge 20
    Crews will be working on the following blockages week of 7/22
           Blockage just below Bridge 8 - single boat passable far river right
           Blockage between Landing 10 and Bridge 11 - Passable
           Tight spot just below Bridge 14


  • CAMPING: Secure campsites online up to 45 days in advance
    Campers must book/register online prior to setting up.
    Check in time is 3pm, check out time is 3pm, sharp. 


  • PARKING: 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

Upcoming KRMB Meetings:

KRMB Education and Tourism Committee MeetingAug.8, 20245:30 pmAgenda
KRMB Finance Committee MeetingAug. 5, 20249 amAgenda
KRMB Land Management MeetingSept.10, 20245:30 pmAgenda
KRMB Monthly MeetingAug.15, 20246 pmAgenda

 

     

     Updated 7/24/24 Noon


    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
    TEST

    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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