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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.

Ice Cave Near Amil’s Inn

March 31st, 2013 by David Reeck

Claire, Caitlan, Sondra, and Rachel enjoying the Ice Cave!

Claire, Caitlan, Sondra, and Rachel enjoying the Ice Cave!

Even though it is spring and we just saw our first robin in the driveway of Amil’s Inn Bed and Breakfast, the Ice Cave at Wildcat Mountain State Park, Ontario, Wisconsin still looks like winter.

The Ice Cave is actually an eroded sandstone formation that appears to be a cave when approaching.  However upon closer inspection you will find a shallow depression in the rock with a small spring running over the upper edge.  During the winter, this spring water freezes into a giant icicle.  Our daughter and 4 of her friends made a recent visit and as you can see, there still is much ice to enjoy.  Actually the the iceicle can last into May depending on the spring weather!

The Ice Cave is just off County Highway F, south of State Highway 33.  This is the entrance and parking area to the Ice Cave picnic area and trail.  The Ice Cave is approximately ¾ mile from the picnic area and you will be hiking along the banks of Billings Creek.

Wildcat Mountain State Park can be enjoyed all year long.  It has over 20 miles of hiking trails, 15 miles of horse riding loops with 24 campsites for equestrians nearby, over 25 family campsites, several picnic areas available with shelter, canoeing and kayaking on the Kickapoo River, fishing and limited hunting and trapping as well as snowshoe and cross-country skiing trails.  For more information visit their website:

Now would be a great time to plan your trip to Wildcat Mountain State Park.

Fall Color in West Central Wisconsin

August 30th, 2010 by David Reeck

As the days start to become shorter and nights cooler, it is not too early to start planning that fall excursion to West Central Wisconsin to see the beautiful fall colors that this area has to offer.  Autumn in Wisconsin is all about the color and getting out to see the fall color. 

The Kickapoo Valley with its many hillsides is just the perfect location to visit to view the many fall colors.  We have Wildcat State Park, Kickapoo Valley Reserve and the Elroy-Sparta Bike Trail which all are spectacular with color during early to mid-October which is when Central Wisconsin reaches its peak in foliage activity.

To monitor the fall colors, check out the Fall Color Report on Travel Wisconsin at

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