Outdoors on the West Fork at Nature Nooks Retreat

Stone artifacts found on the grounds of Nature Nooks Retreat show the area has been seasonally occupied for 12,000 years. Local wildlife specialists tell us this is perhaps the single most bio-diverse property they have ever walked.

  • Enjoy modestly maintained walking/skiing trails along the meandering mile of the Kickapoo West Fork that runs through the 87 acre property.
  • There are also softwood bottom lands and hardwood forests with ridge-top views all connected by the trails.
  • Explore several gurgling springs, ponds FULL of life, cattail and sedge marshes, and acres of restored prairie, accessible from the trails.
  • Birders will find a rich variety of habitats and species.
  • Help us expand our list of 275 plant and animal species.
  • Wade and splash in the river, but bring protection for your feet as the bottom is rocky in places.
  • Kayak or tube the friendly white water, pools and fishing holes of the river. (Kayaks and tubes are available at no charge.)
  • Fish for brown trout and brookies, catch-and-release only by rental agreement, using barbless hooks, wet hands, and no fish out of the water. A Wisconsin fishing license is required.
  • Cyclists can enjoy a relaxing ride up and down the West Fork valley on County Rd. S, right from NNR, or challenge the ridges. See Blue Dog link, below.


Out and About Locally

Day Trips from NNR

Page Summary: Nature Nooks Retreat offers fishing, hiking, kayaking and hiking trails. Services such as bird watching, hiking trail, hiking vacations as well as hiking trips are also part of the scope of our business. We also specialize in fly fishing, meeting venues and resorts on the Kickapoo River as well as in Viroqua. Other areas we serve include Southwestern WI and Westby. We also service the Kickapoo Valley, and beyond.