Kickapoo Indian Caverns

Kickapoo Crystal Cavern - Goblin Cave

Useful Information

Location: On State Highway 60, 24 km south-east of Prarie du Chein.
Open: Memorial Day to Labour Day Mon, Thu-Sun, Hol 11, 14, 16.
Labour Day to OCT Sat, Sun 11, 14, 16.
Minimum 4 adults per tour,reservations recommended.
Fee: Adults USD 14, minimum 4 persons.
Classification: SpeleologyKarst Cave
Light: LightIncandescent Electric Light System
Dimension: T=11 °C, L=426 m.
Guided tours: D=90 min.
Address: Kickapoo Indian Caverns, Scenic Highway 60, 54850 Rhein Hollow Rd, Wauzeka, WI 53826-8674, Tel: +1-608-875-7723.
As far as we know this information was accurate when it was published (see years in brackets), but may have changed since then.
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1800s first mentioned in miners reports.
1923 knwon as Goblin Cave.
1947 visitor center built.
04-JUL-1947 opened to the public.
1980s renovation, new electric light.
2007 cave closed, reopening unclear.
2011 reopened.


Kickapoo Indian Cavern was a shelter for native Indians for centuries. The adjacent Native American Museum tells much about this long history. The usage of the cave by Kickapoo Indians for at least 500 years is asumed. But the earliest records of the cave date from the early 1800's, when it was mentioned in reports of prospecting lead miners.

The Kickapoo are a tribe of Algonquian stock, closely related to the Sauk and Foxes. The word Kickapoo is an Algoquin word meaning "moving about" or "flitting", so the Kickapoo are the "roamers", they were known for their roving and adventurous nature. However, it has nothing to do with the fact that they ceded all their lands in Illinois and Indiana between 1809 and 1819, removing first to Missouri, then to Kansas, and at last most of them moved to Mexico.

The cave had lately various probems with increasing costs, with decreasing numbers of visitors, and the problem to find good guides. So the owner closed the cave in 2007. As we hear it was reopened lately by the owner, an old lady. She, her husband and their daughter owned the cave since the 1980s and renovated it at this time. A visitor described her to us as cantankerous, opinionated, and rather garrulous. Obviously the best conditions for an enjoyable cave tour, highly recommended!