Whether camping on the banks of a river as wide as the Mississippi or ancient as the Kickapoo, the sound of the water and the calls of the night birds are a perfect way to get in sync with nature. Two state parks and a major nature reserve offer other options.
State Parks and Reserves
Kickapoo Valley Reserve - La Farge
Primitive camping is available at 25 sites identified on the Reserve’s 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.
Wildcat Mountain State Park – Ontario
The family campground at the top of Wildcat Mountain has 30 sites, each with a picnic table and fire ring. The campground has flush toilets, showers, and a dump station. No electrical hookups are available. There are three group camping sites about a half-mile east of the park office. The campground can accommodate up to 75 people and has vault toilets, picnic tables, fire rings, and a shelter house. Water must be obtained at the shower building. There are 24 sites for equestrians available northeast of the park office. The horse trail campground has picnic tables, fire rings, drinking water, vault toilets, a corral, hitching posts, parking pads, loading ramps, and a large parking lot.
Wyalusing State Park - Bagley
Camp 500 feet above the convergence of the Wisconsin and Mississippi Rivers. Two campgrounds have 109 regular campsites, 34 with electricity. There is also a modern lodge/dormitory complex with capacity for 108 people, and a group tent campground that accommodates 130 people. There are showers and flush bathrooms at Wisconsin Ridge Campground and showers and pit toilets at Homestead Campground. A dumping station for camper holding tanks is available at the entrance to Homestead. Firewood may be purchased at the park concession stand.
Private and Municipal Campgrounds
Big River Campground - Prairie du Chien
The campground offers easy access to the Mississippi River, a water view and boat launch. There are 86 seasonal sites and 22 sites available for nightly or weekly rental. Amenities include sanitary station, shower house, picnic area, laundry facility, water and electricity. Open May 1st to November 1st. Pets allowed but, sorry, no motorcycles.
Beauford T. Anderson Park - Soldiers Grove
A portion of this park, along the banks of the Kickapoo River, is reserved for camping. The area closest to the Kickapoo is reserved for tent camping. An interior area provided sites with hook-ups for recreational vehicles. There are showers and toilets nearby.
Cheynee Creek Campground – Ontario
This campground offers a place for horse lovers, their horses, and gear.
Riverfront Park – Wauzeka
Located adjacent to the Kickapoo River boat landing, the village park features plenty of green space for tents and camping vehicles. No hookups are available, although the picnic shelter has electricity, running water, and a fireplace. Campfires are allowed. Public restrooms (no showers) are located next to the boat landing.
Robb Park - Gays Mills
Located along the Kickapoo River, the village park includes camping, fishing, horseshoe facilities, swings, shelter, and the Kickapoo River Museum. There are 12 campsites with electricity and primitive sites comprise the rest of the campground. There are flush toilets and a sanitary station. A convenience store, grocery store, laundromat, and restaurant are within walking distance.
Rod & Gun Campground – Westby
The village of Westby offers camping next to a trout stream.
Sports Unlimited Campground - Prairie du Chien
This campground features 350 grassy sites which are available for daily, weekly, monthly, or seasonal camping. Activities include swimming and wading pool, shuffleboard, game room, tennis, volleyball, mini golf, and basketball. Enjoy a round of golf on our 32 par Executive Golf Course, with golf carts or pull carts available. No tee times taken. The Winneshiek Marina & Bar features food, overnight or seasonal docking, bait shop, gasoline, and pumping. Open April 15 to November 1
Sugar Creek Park, Ferryville
Sugar Creek Park has 8- to 10 campsites available for campers, pop-tops or tent campers, with electrical service for 8. There are also tent camping sites. Potable water is available to carry to individual sites. Public restrooms are available, but do not have showers. Campfires are allowed. Camping is on a “first come-first serve” basis. Long-term camping is not permitted. Restaurants, a convenience store, and gas station are nearby.
Village of La Farge
Located behind the La Farge Public Schools building, just off from Adams Street, the park has 15 camping sites available. These sites are to be used for trailers and tents. There is a dumping station and all sites have electric hookups.
Village of Readstown
Camp and picnic sites are available along the Kickapoo River.
Village of Viola
Viola’s Bankers Park, along the Kickapoo River, Offers RB and tent camping, a picnic area, showers and restrooms, and a dump station.
West Fork Campground - Avalanche
The West Fork Sports Club owns and operates a 13-acre main facility along the West Fork of the Kickapoo River, including a clubhouse with modern bathroom and coin shower facilities, and two cabins which are the centerpiece of the Club grounds. Campsites are rented on a first-served basis.