The Kickapoo River Valley

© Photographed June 12, 2015
Erected by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
Ontario, Vernon County, Wisconsin
43° 42.096′ N, 90° 34.302′ W

The Kickapoo River Valley
The Kickapoo River Watershed covers four counties in Wisconsin: Monroe, Vernon, Richland and Crawford. The Kickapoo River flows through many towns from Wilton to Wauzeka on its way to the Wisconsin River. Its tributaries cover over 500 miles. This winding river lives up to its name, which is an Algonquin term meaning "That which goes here, then there." In this 65-mile long valley, the Kickapoo travels 125 miles!

Glaciers, which left deposits of soil and rock called "drift" in much of Wisconsin, did not come to the area around the Kickapoo River. Sandstone hills, covered with hard dolomite that were formed 500 million years ago by early Cambrian seas, are still visible today in this beautiful region known as the Driftless Area. Because it was never covered by ice, life here continued more or less uninterrupted. The Driftless Area has 34 species of plants found only here.
The marker is located at the Observation Point at Wildcat Mountain State Park on northbound Wisconsin Highway 33, north of its intersection with County Road F. The address for the entrance of the part is E13660 State Highway 33, Ontario, Wisconsin 54651.

Driftless Wisconsin: Kickapoo River Valley

See also, What a View!, also at this location.

The marker is on the right.

The pathway leading to the marker location.

Easy access to the trail from the parking lot.

Plenty of parking to access the marker.

Say "Wisconsin Cheeeeeeeese," Dexter!

The entrance to Wildcat Mountain State Park.

The marker is located at Wildcat Mountain State Park in Ontario, Wisconsin.

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