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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 KVR.

 

COVID 19 INFORMATION: 
The Kickapoo Valley Reserve follows the most current recommendations of WI DHS


 

INFORMATION AT A GLANCE

Day Use or Annual Pass Required. Purchase online in advance. 
Become a Friends of KVR Member, which includes your 2022 Annual Pass. 

  • VISITOR CENTER HOURS:   Monday thru Saturday 8am-4:30pm  Sunday & Holidays 10am - 4pm
    *Our Educational Exhibits are currently under construction. NEW! Enhanced Discovery Center opening September 2022. 


  • LOCAL WEATHER:  Click here to view Visitor Center Weather Station

  • OLD 131 TRAIL & STAR VALLEY TRAIL:  OPEN - HORSE BIKE HIKE
  • HIKING TRAILS: OPEN
  • NATURAL SURFACE HORSE/BIKE TRAILS: OPEN - Report any down trees

  • DOGS: ALL dogs must be on a leash on KVR property, April 15-July 31, 2022.
  • KICKAPOO RIVER:  Total blockage between Bridge 16 and Bridge 19, requires tricky portage.  Report any problem spots.  Check current river levels. - Ontario and La Farge gauging station.  No garbage service provided at landings - take all trash with you. Planning a trip down the Kickapoo? Check out our River guide with distances and approximate float time. 
  • HUNTING & FISHING: The KVR property is OPEN for public hunting & fishing in accordance with State seasons & licensing requirements. Hunters take note:  School Zone boundary  Click here. 


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 Pack out ALL Trash!

 Updated 6/22/22 2:50pm


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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