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A Unique Place from All Vantage Points
‚ÄčThe 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 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, and 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!

The Kickapoo Valley Reserve offers many activities that require registration.  Our registration site is currently under construction. To register for KVR hikes or workshops, please call 608/625-2960 or email  


VISITOR CENTER HOURS:  Open 8 am to 4:30 pm Monday through Saturday; 10 am to 4 pm Sundays and Holidays. 



ALL TRAILS are OPEN ! Hiking is allowed anywhere on the Reserve. Equestrians and bikers please stay on designated trails and note that orange cones have been placed at problem spots.
Thank you to all the volunteers who have been helping us get the Reserve re-opened! 

RENOVATION UPDATE: The Old 131 Trail is now closed at Bridge 13. The Bridge is being removed, sandblasted, repainted and then set back in place. This closure and process is expected to last until about September 15th. 
Alternate trails around the closure are: from the south take the Bridge 14 Trail to Rogers Road, to the Blackhawk Rock Trail, to Indian Creek Road and the Rockton Trail to Rockton. Just the opposite if you are coming from the North. During wet conditions , Old 131 will be open from the south end to County Road P. The alternate route trails will not be open to Rockton during wet weather.
Thank you for your cooperation on this matter!

The river is OPEN from Ontario to Landing 14 thanks to the hard work of canoe liveries, volunteers, local loggers with tough log skidders, and the KVR crew.  The section between landing 14 and 20  has a log jam near the south end but is reported to be passable.  The current remains stronger than usual for August. Safety first!!!

All campsites are OPENPlease use caution on the river access sites, due to the changes of the river, access could be difficult. 


Updated 8/21/2017

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

Dam Challenge Information Young girl wearing Summer Camp hat Scene across a mowed trail through a field  Magnolia Warbler   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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