Canoeing the Kickapoo River, Wisconsin

Once you’ve had a taste of this enchanting little river you’ll be hooked for life. Traveling through one of the most rugged portions of Wisconsin….the heart of the unglaciated Driftless Area….the Kickapoo is incredibly twisty. In its small, flood-prone watershed, only 60 miles long and 10 to 15 miles wide, the river winds repeatedly past spectacular bluffs and sandstone cliffs. Its flat-bottomes, steep sided valley is a a good example of a coulee. The 20 mile section between Ontario and La Farge is the best that the river has to offer. Good current, a narrow streambed, fantastic rock formations, and a wild setting make this part of the river truly memorable.


Expert paddler Mike Svob has been canoeing and kayaking the rivers of the Midwest for 30 years. He paddled more than a thousand miles to complete these books. Below are brief descriptions of the canoe trips that Mike goes into detail with in his books with maps. The maps are very useful, showing rapids, take in and take out points and other things of interest.