Primitive camping is available at 26 sites identified on the visitor guide map. Sites include, vehicle-accessible for $15/night; canoe-accessible and hike-in, bike-in, or horseback-accessible only for $10/night. All campers are required to register and obtain camping permits prior to setting up camp; camping permits are available online or at the Kickapoo Valley Reserve Visitor Center on the day of arrival or up to 45 days in advance. Sites are primitive and do not have water or toilet facilities. Potable water and bathrooms are available at the Visitor Center near the parking lot and Village of La Farge Campground. Plan appropriately.
How to set up and pay for camping
River access sites are challenging and difficult to get to with full camping gear; banks can be steep and muddy as the Kickapoo River fluctuates regularly. Sites and their access are primitive. Riverbank camping is not allowed due to dangers of flash floods. Please plan accordingly and expect that you may have to haul your gear up to 75 yards up hill from the river to a designated campsite.
Registered guests are allowed to burn dead and downed wood found on the Reserve. Leave dead trees standing for wildlife. Firewood is available for purchase in La Farge or from local vendors. Protect trees within campsites, chopping, marring, carving on, breaking branches, abusing them is not permitted. Burning trash is strictly prohibited.
Leave No Trace - Going in the Woods
Please follow these simple steps when nature calls:
1) Find a spot at least 200 steps from any water source.
2) Dig a hole 6-8 inches deep and bury human waste.
3) Pack out used toilet paper.
Get yourself to the nearest flush toilet or Porta Pot.
Use a WAG (waste alleviation and gelling) bag and pack out all waste.