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hiddenvalleys.com | 81 CRAWFORD COUNTY The Land of Three Rivers | crawfordcountywi.org Waters. FatherMarquette andJolliet viewed the mighty Mississippi from towering bluffs at this confluence. The Kickapoo River is one of the most crooked rivers in the world. Snaking its way 100 miles through the Kickapoo Valley, it covers a distance of only 33 linear miles. This river provides nature’s photographic wonderland, which can be viewed from the many highways that follow its winding path. One of the best views of the Kickapoo can be seen from the apple orchard road above GaysMills. This river is an exciting adventure to the canoe travelers. This heartland of the Upper Mississippi River abounds with excellent fishing for pan and sports species. There are numerous launching ramps and several marinas with small boat and houseboat rentals. The backwaters of this area provide a meandering series of waterways into nature’s extravaganza. Thearea is renowned for hunting waterfowl, deer, grouse, squirrel, and rabbit. Fly fishing for trout on the many streams of Crawford County is yet another adventure to be had. The Driftless Area, with many trails, is a haven for the hiker. The back roads of the Crawford County should be savored and enjoyed, not hurried through. In this unglaciatedcounty, roads followthe rhythm of the land, and farms and orchards are contoured around the twisting hills and valleys. There’s a wealth of opportunity for the hunting, fishing, birding, hiking, biking, and canoe enthusiast! n THE FAMOUS RIVERS OF CRAWFORD COUNTY The Mississippi River’s beauty in this area rivals the Rhine and surpasses the Hudson, giving the visitor a romantic thrill of having stepped into one of Mark Twain’s visions. From the bordering highways, one beholds an ever-changing panorama of wind-and- water carved rock formations and colorful bluffs. The rivers are filled with hundreds of woodedgreenislandsandwaterconcourses, challenging to the exploring boater or photographer. The Wisconsin River is a famous waterway that was the center of the bloody dispute over the Fox-Wisconsin river route that connected the Mississippi with the Great Lakes. The Wisconsin River delta is like an outstretchedpalmreaching for theFather of area are ideal as bicycle ways. Bicycling the back roads and main roads of Crawford County is a growing interest, and we see more and more people touring on bikes. Some camp at Sugar Creek Campgrounds, Stump Dodger Campgrounds in Gays Mills, and at other sites. In a rural area of many nationalities, you are provided an unusual array of antiques with the antique stores of various styles being located along almost every byway. Rock and fossil collectors will find this a geological area of rich exploration. There are many exceptional supper clubs and restaurants in the region. The unusual and historic eateries include a grill and bar, deli, and fine family dining. Nationally and Welcome to Crawford County Don’t Miss ... • The Kickapoo River (One of the most crooked rivers in the world) • Prairie Villa Rendezvous • Soldiers Grove America’s First Solar Village • Gays Mills Orchards • The Mississippi River • The Wisconsin River • The Great River Road • Fort Crawford Museum • Spring Fest and Folk Fest - Gays Mills • Rummage Along the River - Stoddard, Genoa, Victory, De Soto, Ferryville, Lynxville, Seneca • Soldiers Grove Dairy Days • Prairie Dog Blues Festival - Prairie du Chien • Kickapoo Stump Dodger Bash - Gays Mills • Crawford County Fair - Gays Mills • Apple Festival - Gays Mills • Villa Louis Carriage Classic • Driftless Area Art Festival - Soldiers Grove