Kickapoo Migration  LbNA # 50945

OwnerWisconsin Hiker      
Placed DateOct 16 2009
CountyVernon
LocationOntario, WI
Boxes1
Found ByMerlin and Ardea
Last UpdateOct 3 2012

Clues

Last checked/found: 26-AUG-12

NOTES: The road to the parking area and trail may be closed during the winter months. Pets are not allowed on this particular trail.

This stamp was carved by Puddle Splasher (a Texas letterboxer) who generously sent it to us for the WI Letterboxing 10th Anniversary Gathering held in OCT 2008. It is now planted in a permanent location.

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Time: 45 minutes – 1 hour depending on trail conditions & your hiking speed.
Terrain: 1.3 mile scenic loop hike on dirt path with a somewhat challenging elevation gain/descent.

From the intersection of Highways 131 and 33 in Ontario, go east and south on 33 about 2.5 miles, then southwest on Park Road 0.6 mile to the lower picnic area. The kcolmeH trail begins at the lower picnic area bulletin board.

The French first “discovered” the Kickapoo Indians in the 1600s in the region between Lake Michigan and Lake Erie. However wars with the Iroquois over the years forced the Kickapoo to flee to what is now Wisconsin. Eventually, white settlers “discovered” Wisconsin and by the mid-1800s, the Kickapoo were dispersed into smaller groups and placed on reservations. Some fled to Texas. To this day, the tribe is nomadic, spending seasons cultivating agriculture and hunting game. Puddle Splasher created this stamp to honor the Indians and their connection to both Wisconsin and Texas.

Begin your own migration by heading south along the Kickapoo River. The river is a tributary of the Wisconsin River and is named for the Kickapoo Indians. The river frequently doubles back on itself as it flows through the Wisconsin landscape. Because of this meandering path, it is known as "the crookedest river in the world".

Next you’ll enter the woods and pass by a rock face. Keep a sharp eye out for a small trail arrow on a tree directing you to head right. Up you go, following the path of the Indians!

Continue to enjoy the river views as you cross 3 bridges. Admire the virgin trees and then follow the trail as it turns away from the river and begins to ascend. Take note of the acreage ____ that the conservationists saved for us in 1952, then continue your upward journey, following the trail leftward when you see some unusual cliff plants.

Follow the last journey of the Indians in WI as they veered left at the top “T”. When you reach a point to enjoy a view of A Crooked River, go back the same number of steps as the acreage. Then take a bearing equal to the number of acres and walk ~25 steps. Here you can discover an Indian memento, covered by some protective bark under the x-shaped "teepee" near the standing tree.

After recording your visit, please replace the artifact, go back to the trail, and continue onward to complete the loop.

Since we live several hours away, we'd really appreciate an email with a status update if you look for the box. Thanks!