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We named this route for the Kickapoo River because much of the route is located in and around the lower Kickapoo River valley. However, this route will also have you riding along both the Mississippi and the Wisconsin Rivers.  The proximity of this route to the 3 rivers mentioned above results in a great number of fun roads to choose from. Most of this route consists of small roads in the valleys that feed the 3 rivers, but there are also several large stretches of the Great River Road between Prairie du Chien and Ferryville, Wisconsin.  Prairie du Chien is the largest town along this route and was an early settlement in the area. The Villa Louis and Fort Crawford Museum are great side trips for history buffs. On the hilltops east of Gays Mills are a series of apple orchards where the views are amazing and the apples are even better. If you ride this route in the fall, be sure to stop and pick up some apples and other goodies.  The Lower Kickapoo Route passes through several small towns, but many of them do not have fuel or other services, so be sure to top up your tank when you can. Prairie du Chien is a good staging point for this route as well as for several others including the Wisconsin Triangle Route, the Iowa Waterfall Route, and the Pike’s Peak Route.

Approximate Mileage:  220 Miles

Estimated Riding Time:  5.75 Hours

Road Surface:  Paved



  • Prairie du Chien:  Villa Louis, Fort Crawford Museum, Crawford County Courthouse, Tow Boat Wade Childress

  • Gays Mills:  Robb Park, Orchard Ridge, Log Cabin Heritage Park

  • Ferryville:  Sugar Creek Winery, Sugar Creek Bluff State Natural Area

  • Wauzeka:  Kickapoo Indian Caverns


A Paper Map is available for this route.

Motorcycle Rides, Bridgeport, Prairie du Chien, Eastman, Steuben, Wauzeka, Boscobel, Mt. Zon, Petersburg, Eastman, Lynxville, Bell Center, Gays Mills, Soldiers Grove, Ferryville, Mt. Sterling, Blue River, Marquette, McGregor, Lansing

Lower Kickapoo River Route

  • If you are riding with a group, we ask that every person using our route for navigation purchase their own copy.


    In order to encourage this, we are happy to offer a discount for group purchases. Please contact us after purchasing 1 item at full price, and we will set up a coupon code that will give everyone in your group 50% off of the same item.

  • Our digital routes are designed to operate in most GPS devices.  In addition to GPSs, our routes should work with several smartphone apps.  They will NOT work on Google Maps or Apple Maps.


    If you plan on using a smartphone app, we recommend the REVER app.  REVER will work with both Android and iOS and in addition to navigation it has many other great features.


    For best results in REVER, download the route to your computer first, then import into your smartphone.  Turn by turn may not work, so we recommend that you utilize the "Follow the Line" option. 


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