Wildcat Mountain State Park
Canoeing and kayaking
The Kickapoo is the Wisconsin River's longest tributary. The Kickapoo River meanders for 130 miles from Wilton to Wauzeka, where it empties into the Wisconsin River. As the crow flies, this distance is less than half that long, about 60 miles. The name Kickapoo is Algonquin for "one who goes here, then there" and accurately describes the river, which flows in all directions of the compass for portions of its length.
The canoe landing in the lower picnic area is a popular starting and stopping point. Be aware of the changing river conditions during rainy weather. Bring your own canoe or rent one from one of the local canoe liveries. The liveries also offer shuttle service.
The United States Geological Survey (USGS) operates three stream gauges on the Kickapoo River. One gauge is in Ontario, one downstream in La Farge and the third farther downstream in Steuben. Water level information [exit DNR] is useful for planning a Kickapoo River canoe trip. Navigational hazards such as log jams and downed trees may be on the river. The only dam remaining on the river is in Gays Mills. This low-head dam is a navigational hazard to all boaters and should be avoided.
Concessions and rental equipment
Canoe rentals are available in the Village of Ontario as well as shuttle service for paddling the Kickapoo River.