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

  • EQUESTRIAN & BIKE TRAILS: Equestrian and bike trails, including Old Hwy 131 Trail, are closed. Scheduled to open May 1st weather permitting.  Always check trail status prior to heading out.

  • HIKING: OPEN Freeze-thaw conditions exists.  Keep to solid surfaces when possible.  Leave no trace.

  •  CAMPING: OPEN with spring parking cautions. Keep vehicles on solid surfaces. Campers must register online prior to setting up.

  • PARKING: Day or annual permit required. See our map for day parking locations.  Keep vehicles on solid surfaces.

  • KICKAPOO RIVER: Expect fluctuating river levels and muddy access.  Total block just above Landing 12, requires portage.  Check current river levels- Ontario & La Farge gauging station.

  • 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. 

  • E-BIKES: Learn more about E-bikes and the KVR 

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 Updated 03/28/23 2:30pm

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

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

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