Camping at the KVR
Primitive camping is available at 25 sites identified on the Visitor Guide Map. About half of the sites are vehicle-accessible; about one third are canoe-accessible; and about one third are hike-in, bike-in, and/or horseback-accessible only. Campsites are available on a first-come, first-served basis. All campers are required to register and obtain camping permits; camping permits are available at the Visitor Center or any of the sixteen self-registration stations located throughout the Reserve. Sites do not have water or toilet facilities. Plan appropriately.
You are allowed to burn dead and downed wood found on the Reserve. Don't burn garbage. Leave dead trees standing for wildlife. Due to the possible spread of parasites and diseases from wood obtained from out of the area, you are encouraged to obtain firewood from close by the Reserve. Wisconsin law restricts the transport of firewood. The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources recommends only bringing wood from within a 50 mile radius. Whatever you bring, burn. The Emerald Ash Borer, which is destroying ash trees, is prolific in Michigan and Minnesota and can be transported via firewood. You can also purchase firewood from local residents.
|Leave No Trace|
The beauty of the Reserve is unrivaled. To preserve it for future generations, we ask that you leave no trace of your visit.
"Pack it in; pack it out" - pick up and pack out all of your litter. Burying or leaving trash is unacceptable, as is burning items such as aluminum cans and foil, cigarette butts, bottle caps, glass, folding chairs, chemically treated wood, untreated lumber with nails or screws, plastics, Styrofoam, etc. in your campfire. Only burn paper, cardboard and untreated wood.
Please minimize your impact....
- use existing fire pits; Don't burn garbage
- observe posted camp area capacity limits;
- prevent human waste from entering water
- leave the site better than you found it
- respect the serenity of the area--keep noise to a minimum.
Please treat the Reserve with respect. Future access depends on your stewardship.
|Right are brief descriptions of campsites in the Reserve. Access listed at each site can be defined as……|
No Vehicle Access – Parking is greater than 1000ft from the campsite. Site access is via a trail or by canoe.
Vehicle Access Nearby - Parking is less than 500 feet from the site, although not possible for a camper or trailer to be on the site.
Full Vehicle Access – Parking is available on the site.
River Access Only – The site does not have a trail leading to it. Access is best via canoe/kayak.
Each site has a posted capacity limit. Most are limited to 10 people. All campsites are intended for one group/family/party. Only Willow Camp (D) operates as a multiple group/party site and is a favorite among the equestrian community.
Large groups camping on the Reserve need to apply for an event permit, 30 days prior to the anticipated date. Contact the Reserve office for more information.