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Kickapoo Valley Reserve

Located in the heart of the Driftless Area, the 8,600-acre reserve is a recreation area owned by the State of Wisconsin and the Bureau of Indian Affairs. The reserve’s habitat includes the secluded valley of the Kickapoo River, its forested hillsides and sandstone cliffs. Broad-winged Hawks, Winter Wrens and Black-throated Green Warblers can be found here. The property’s northern border abuts Wildcat Mountain State Park. Stop at the reserve’s brand-new visitor center for maps and interpretive displays.

Note: The reserve offers overnight camping in several designated areas. A relaxing float down the Kickapoo River is very popular; several businesses in Ontario rent canoes and provide shuttle services. Trout fishing on the area’s many streams is very good.

Directions: The Kickapoo Valley Reserve Visitor Center is located one mile north of La Farge at S3661 State Highway 131.

Kickapoo  Valley Reserve map

Gazetteer: Page 41, D-5 (prior to 10th edition). | Page 75, E-6 (10th edition).

Phone: 608/625-2960.

Web site: Kickapoo Valley Reserve

Signature Species: Acadian Flycatcher, Cerulean and Kentucky Warblers.

Seasonality: Reserve open year-round; the Visitor Center is open 8am- 4:30pm daily from Memorial Day through October and 8am- 4:30pm Monday-Saturday from end of October to Memorial Day.

Parking: Parking at visitor center and day-use lots.

Nearest food & lodging: La Farge 1.5 miles south, or Ontario 4 miles north.