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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 Kickapoo Valley Reserve.

Our maps have been updated January 2020. 

KVR Covid-19 Reminders



COVID-19 IMPACTS: The Visitor Center is closed to the public & Events/Summer Camps cancelled through August.


During the COVID-19 crisis, the Kickapoo Valley Reserve is informed about best practices for health and safety from medical officials at the CDC, Wisconsin Department of Health, and Vernon Memorial Healthcare/La Farge Medical Clinic.

Accepting nominations for local vacancy on Kickapoo Reserve Management Board - more details

KRMB Meeting Thursday, July 16, 2020 - Agenda

Friends of the Kickapoo Valley Reserve Membership (includes annual pass)   

Hiking: OPEN. Safe-distancing and group size guidelines apply. 
Horse & Bike Trails: CLOSED. Reminder: Hay Valley Trail from Dutch Hollow Trail to Intersection 10/Bailout Trail is CLOSED due to flood damaged bridge. 
Trail etiquette = bike & hike yield to horse. Communicate for safe encounters. Keep all dogs on leash.

Camping: OPEN. Changes for 2020 - Read on for more details and info. 

River: Check current river levels - Ontario and La Farge gauging station. Reported passable/no complete jams from Ontario to La Farge as of 7/6/20 Pack out ALL trash!

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 Updated 07/13/2020  

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 Magnolia Warbler Lichens of the KVR Cartoon of an compass  

Kickapoo Valley Reserve | S3661 State Highway 131 | La Farge, Wisconsin 54639 
Phone: 608-625-2960 | FAX: 608-625-2962

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