I would like to do a camping trip to the Kickapoo river in Wisconsin the last weekend in Sept with fall foliage and wonder if there is interest. I posted photos from a trip last year on our club's facebook page. It is a gorgeous paddle. Beautiful bluff and some nice eddies and riffles.We can either camp at wilton where no reservations needed or Wildcat Mountain campground (gorgeous but that needs reservations). I plan to check further on both options. Both campgrounds are near the river and the Sparta-Elroy bike trail. It's about a 4 3/4 hour drive from Peoria. We would camp Friday night. Paddle saturday and sunday and drive home late afternoon on Sunday. There is electric and showers at both campsites. If anyone wants hotels there are several available nearby.
I checked on campsites and at this time the plan is for the Village of Wilton campground. I like Wildcat Mountain State Park but the group sites are already reserved and unavailable. There are a number of family sites available next to each other but that would be complicated with reservations - esp with the need to pay first and if people cancel or join up late. Also it's $10/day vehicle admission charge for that state park in addition to the camping fee at Wildcat.
The Wilton campground is $7 / day for adults, $4/day for under $18 and $3/day for electric and accommodates pull behind trailers, pickup campers, motor homes and tent camping. More importantly no reservations. The park has drinking water, restrooms, showers, electricity, a public swimming pool and ball diamonds and volleyball courts.
For those who want to bike be aware that the very famous Elroy-Sparta trail requires a state trail pass - it is $4/day or $20 annually. No fee for walking - just for biking. The trail pass is issued to the person - not the bike and is nontransferable.
If you want to go to the state park or bike the trail _
There are many options for buying state park stickers and state trail passes: Most visitors buy their daily or annual sticker when they get to a state park and forest entrance. Visa, MasterCard and Discover are accepted when the park office is open. Self-registration stations are available for payment of fees when the office is closed.Department of Natural Resources service centers sell stickers and state trail passes.Some businesses near state trails sell state trail passes.Annual admission stickers and state trail passes can be purchased over the phone by calling the DNR at[masked] between 7 a.m. and 10 p.m.
Here is a google map link to the campsite - From Highway 71 (Walker Street) you turn south on East street and it is just past the Village Hall and Swimming Pool. The map would not let me put the arrow at the exact spot but it shows East street by the pool. The campsite is on the southeast side of Wilton , next to the Kickapoo River.
Some of the access points on the river are managed by the Kickapoo Valley Association http://www.kickapoovalley.org/
They provide a nice river map: http://kvr.state.wi.us/docview....
Although the put-in on day 1 and the takeout on day 2 had free parking last year there was a $4 per car fee to park at the take out on Saturday and the put in on Sunday. I'm not sure which midway takeouts have fees so bring some small bills just in case. This money is a user fee to support the access sites and develop trails along the river.
My current plan is to paddle Ontario (Landing 1) to Landing 12 (12.5 miles) on Saturday. On Sunday we will paddle Landing 12 to La Farge (Landing 20) - 9.8 miles. Any comments let me know. Here is a google map of the put-ins with driving directions from the campground. A is campground, B= Ontario C=Landing 12 D=La Farge