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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!

Donate to the Exhibits Upgrade at the KVR
Visitor Center. 

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

Our maps have been updated January 2020. 
KVR Covid-19 Reminders



Day Use or Annual Pass Required. Purchase online in advance. 
Become a Friends of KVR Member, which includes your 2021 Annual Pass. 

  • VISITOR CENTER: Open Monday thru Saturday 8am-4:30pm; masks required for unvaccinated visitors.
  • HIKING TRAILS: OPEN.  Report any trail issues to the Visitor Center.


  • HORSE/BIKE TRAILS: CLOSED due to wet conditions. Old 131 Trail and Star Valley Trail remain open for use during wet weather.  Day use parking guide for equestrians.

  • CAMPING: OPEN. Use designated sites only on map dated 2020. Sites are first come, first served.

  • RIVER: The river is reported clear from Ontario to Bridge 14. Between Bridges 19 and 20: One tree fall blocking the whole river with a small tricky spot to float through/over, but will be blocked as water levels drop. A second log jam in that same area is a total blockage that requires a portage. Check current river levels prior to paddling- Ontario and La Farge gauging station.  
  • HUNTING & FISHING: The property is OPEN for public hunting & fishing in accordance with State seasons & licensing requirements. 

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 Pack out ALL Trash!

 Updated 7/20/2021

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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