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Amil's Inn Bed & Breakfast in Wilton Wisconsin, is nestled in the Kickapoo Valley minutes
from the Elroy-Sparta Bike Trail, Wildcat State Park and the Kickapoo Valley Reserve.

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Canoe and Kayak the Kickapoo River

June 29th, 2013 by David Reeck

Our canoeing and kayaking guests, (left to right) Cindy, Douglas, Tish, Dave, Gene, Richard, Sue, and Pat.

Our canoeing and kayaking guests, (left to right) Cindy, Douglas, Tish, Dave, Gene, Richard, Sue, and Pat.

The time has never been better to canoe and kayak the beautiful Kickapoo River of southwestern Wisconsin which has been a favorite of canoeists for many years.

Many of our guests have never experienced the Kickapoo River and are always excited to find out about the canoeing and kayaking that is only minutes away from Amil’s Inn Bed and Breakfast.  This past weekend we were blessed with return guests for canoeing and kayaking who brought friends of theirs who had not been on the Kickapoo before.

The Kickapoo River is the Wisconsin River’s longest tributary.  The Kickapoo River meanders for about 130 miles from Wilton to Wauzeka, where it empties into the Wisconsin River.  “As the crow flies”, this distance is about 60 miles.  The word “Kickapoo” is from the Native American Algonquian language meaning “he who goes here, then there” which very accurately describes the Kickapoo River, which flows in all directions of the compass for portions of its length.

The Kickapoo River’s shallow, gently flowing is tame enough for the beginner canoeist but scenic enough for the advanced peddler.  The upper stretch of the River between Ontario and LaFarge is the most beautiful and the most accessible for the public to enjoy.  The river will take you through the Wildcat Mountain State Park and the Kickapoo Valley Reserve.

Along the way you will see many forms of wildlife.  There are over 100 species of breeding birds that call the upper Kickapoo home.  You will also encounter muskrats, beaver, white-tailed deer, raccoons, woodchucks, mink and otters.  The best wildlife viewing opportunities are early morning and on weekdays when canoe and kayak traffic is the lightest. For plant lovers you will also encounter over 300 species of plants that provide a constant display of color from early spring through late fall.

For those who don’t have their own canoes or kayak’s, Ontario has several canoe rental businesses.  Visit and check out the “Area” tab to find a complete listing with contact information.

Special Thank You to the Wisconsin DNR and Kickapoo Valley Reserve websites for information used for this blog.  Please visit and for more information on canoeing and the Kickapoo River.

Kickapoo Reserve Dam Challenge Triathlon

September 28th, 2012 by David Reeck

Our 2011 Kickapoo Reserve Dam Challenge Triathlon’s guests presented Amil’s Inn with 1st place trophy for providing the muffins which propelled them to 1st place!!!!!!!

The 10th Annual Kickapoo Reserve Dam Challenge Triathlon will be held on Saturday, October 6, 2012.  The Kickapoo Reserve Dam Challenge Triathlon event takes place within the 8,569 acre Kickapoo Valley Reserve, which boasts some of the hilliest terrain in the Driftless Region of southwestern Wisconsin.

The challenging and scenic Kickapoo Reserve Dam Challenge Triathlon includes a:

      *7 mile paddle down the winding Kickapoo River along rock outcroppings and through diverse vegetation.                 

      *14 mile road bike ride through the hilly driftless area.  The route takes you through the valleys and over the ridge, in one of Wisconsin’s most scenic rural landscapes.  Steep climbs and rapid decents provide the ride of a lifetime! 

       *3 mile trail run in the Kickapoo Valley Reserve.  The route starts with a short stretch on Hwy P, then to a winding and wooded trail and finally leads you down the Old Highway 131 Multi-Use Trail, which is a deteriorating road bed.

 Proceeds from the Kickapoo Reserve Dam Challenge benefit the Kickapoo Valley Reserve Education Program. The Education Program offers unique hands-on environmental learning opportunities to students of all ages.  Provided are opportunities for students to explore an outdoor classroom and learn-by-doing in a wide range of subjects from natural history and science to team building and outdoor adventure.  In 2011, the Education Program at the Reserve served 3,750 local and regional students and community members.

 For more information about the Kickapoo Reserve Dam Challenge Triathlon visit   To learn more about the Kickapoo Valley Reserve Education Program and other Kickapoo Valley Reserve opportunities visit

 Amil’s Inn Bed and Breakfast was happy and honored to have several Dam Challenge participants as guests in 2011 and will have several participants as guests in 2012 as well.

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