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Near Ontario in Vernon County, Wisconsin — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

The Kickapoo River Valley

 
 
The Kickapoo River Valley Marker image. Click for full size.
By Keith L, June 6, 2010
1. The Kickapoo River Valley Marker
Inscription. 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!

[map of the Glaciers and Driftless Area]

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.

[map of the Kickapoo River Valley]
 
Erected by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.
 
Location. 43° 42.096′ N, 90° 34.302′ W. Marker is near Ontario, Wisconsin, in Vernon County. Marker can be reached from State Highway 33 0.8 miles north of County
The Kickapoo River Valley Marker image. Click for full size.
By Keith L, June 6, 2010
2. The Kickapoo River Valley Marker
[foreground]
Road F, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at the Observation Point in Wildcat Mountain State Park (fee area). Marker is at or near this postal address: E13660 State Highway 33, Ontario WI 54651, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 3 other markers are within 12 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Rockton Mill Stones (approx. 4.4 miles away); St. Patrick Parish (approx. 5.4 miles away); Elroy – Sparta State Trail (approx. 12 miles away).
 
Also see . . .
1. Wildcat Mountain State Park. Wisconsin DNR Website. (Submitted on February 12, 2011.) 

2. Wildcat Mountain State Park. Wikipedia entry. (Submitted on February 12, 2011.) 
 
Categories. Waterways & Vessels
 
Observation Point image. Click for full size.
By Keith L, June 6, 2010
3. Observation Point
The Kickapoo River Valley image. Click for full size.
By Keith L, June 6, 2010
4. The Kickapoo River Valley
The Kickapoo River Valley image. Click for full size.
By Keith L, June 6, 2010
5. The Kickapoo River Valley
The Kickapoo River image. Click for full size.
By Keith L, June 6, 2010
6. The Kickapoo River
Nearby Interpretive Panel image. Click for full size.
By Keith L, June 6, 2010
7. Nearby Interpretive Panel
What a View!
From this Observation Point, a section of the Kickapoo River Valley spreads out before you. Wildcat Ridge and Mt. Pisgah can be seen to your left. "Pisgah" is a Hebrew word meaning "peak." Little Pisgah stands in front of the bigger peak. The Kickapoo Valley Reserve extends beyond these points to the right. In the distance, the rolling hills of Lower Ridge and Dobbs Valley are visible.

In the winter, the scene opens up and much that is hidden by oak and maple leaves in other seasons is apparent. More of the winding Kickapoo River is in view and the Lower Picnic area by Mt. Pisgah can be seen.

This point, 400 feet above the river, is often filled with Turkey Vultures and Red-tail Hawks soaring around the valley. Even the Red Cedar trees hang on for their lives to these sheer cliff walls.

Enjoy the view but please stay away from the edge!
Nearby Survey Marker Disk image. Click for full size.
By Keith L, June 6, 2010
8. Nearby Survey Marker Disk
Corps of Engineers - U.S. Army
Survey Mark
Park Entrance image. Click for full size.
By Keith L, June 6, 2010
9. Park Entrance
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on February 12, 2011, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 540 times since then and 24 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9. submitted on February 12, 2011, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin.
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