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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!

 

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INFORMATION AT A GLANCE

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VISITOR CENTER HOURS: 
Monday thru Saturday 8am-4:30pm
Closed Sundays & Holidays

NEW! Enhanced Discovery Center Grand Opening Saturday, December 3rd.

  • TRAILS:  Including Old Hwy 131 Trail, equestrian and bike trails are closed for the season.
  • HIKING:  OPEN - Avoid hiking or wearing 50% Blaze Orange HIGHLY RECOMMENDED during Gun Deer Season 11/19-11/27
  • CROSS COUNTRY SKI CONDITIONS: CLOSED - NO BASE
  • CAMPING:  OPEN with caution.  Online campsite booking is now in use. Campers must register prior to setting up. See link to the left

  • PARKING:  Parking permits are required to park at river access points.  See our map for day parking locations. 
  • KICKAPOO RIVER:   River is beginning to ice in.  Ice jams are present.   Check current river levels- Ontario & La Farge gauging station. No garbage service provided at landings - take all trash with you. 
  • 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.  HUNTERS - DISPOSE OF HUMAN AND ANIMAL WASTE PROPERLY. Spent shell casings are considered litter.  Please pick them up.
    A carcass dumpster and CWD Sample Site are located east side of Rockton Bridge on Hysel Road.

  • E-BIKESLearn more about E-bikes and the KVR 

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 Pack out ALL Trash!

 Updated 11/21/2022 2:48pm


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
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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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