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A Unique Place from All Vantage Points
The 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 back-country on your own, or simply stop and admire the beauty, the Kickapoo Valley Reserve welcomes you!


By purchasing a permit you are agreeing to the
KVR Rules and Regulations
Wisconsin State Park permits do not apply on the Kickapoo Valley Reserve.

Our maps have been updated January 2020. 

KVR Covid-19 Reminders


The Visitor Center Building is CLOSED to the public due to the pandemic. During the COVID-19 crisis, the Board and staff are following best practices for health and safety as recommended by the WI Department of Health, and Vernon Memorial Healthcare/La Farge Medical Clinic. Safe-distancing, facial covering and group size guidelines apply. Vernon County Health Department issued notice of increased cases of community spread in the La Farge and Ontario on Tuesday, October 6th.

Other news: Vacancy on Kickapoo Reserve Management Board - more details

Property Status:
  •  Hiking - OPEN. Wear bright colors during hunting season. 
  • Trails: Natural surface Horse & Bike - CLOSED due to wet conditions. Trail etiquette = bike & hike yield to horse. Communicate for safe encounters. Brush up on your trail etiquette. Keep dogs on leash. Wear bright colors.
  •  River - Please be sure to check current river levels prior to paddling- Ontario and La Farge gauging station. There is a tree across the river approx. 50 yards down from Bridge 9. It is a tight fit but passible to the left, if experienced paddler. 

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Pack out ALL Trash!


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

Scene across a mowed trail through a field Cartoon of an compass Magnolia Warbler  Lichens of the KVR

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

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