The Kickapoo River has been a favorite among canoeists for many years. The word “Kickapoo” is from the Native American Algonquian language meaning “he who goes here, then there.” Translated locally as the “crooked river,” it certainly lives up to its name, meandering its way along a 125-mile course that covers only 65 miles “as the crow flies.”
The shallow, gently flowing river is tame enough for the beginner but scenic enough for the advanced paddler, as well.
The upper stretch of the river from Ontario to La Farge is arguably the most beautiful, if not the most accessible for the public to enjoy.
* The beautifully crafted text above was copied directly from the Kickapoo Valley Reserve website.
Canoe rental and shuttle service is available in Ontario from these local businesses:
Drifty’s Canoe Rental 608-337-4288 or 608-487-3379
Kickapoo Wild Adventures 608-337-4522
Mr. Duck’s Canoe Rental 608-337-4711
Ontario is less than 25 miles from Justin Trails Resort