• Richard Bong State Recreation Area
  • Richard Bong State Recreation Area
  • Richard Bong State Recreation Area
  • Richard Bong State Recreation Area
  • Richard Bong State Recreation Area
  • Richard Bong State Recreation Area
  • Richard Bong State Recreation Area
  • Richard Bong State Recreation Area
  • Richard Bong State Recreation Area
  • Richard Bong State Recreation Area

Richard Bong State Recreation Area

(262) 878-5600

Hours:

Year round naturalist activities.

Located 9 miles west of I-94 on Hwy. 142 (One mile west of Hwy. 75). 4,515 acres. Almost 30 miles of trails for biking, cross-country skiing, snowmobiling, hiking and horseback riding. Home to the only ATV trail (about 9 miles) in SE Wisconsin consisting of three connected loops. Also year round naturalist activities, volleyball courts, horseshoe pits, hunting areas, nature center and a lake for boating, fishing and swimming. Camp sites (217) with some electrical, seasonal flush toilets & showers and a new handicapped accessible cabin.

There is a vehicle admission fee (with daily or annual option). Some other fees apply; depending on activity.

The Visitor Center, near the main entrance, also serves as a nature center. Check out the live animals and hands-on exhibits! The nature center has displays and exhibits about the plant and animal life of the park. The cheerful solarium showcases seasonal exhibits including butterfly rearing and nature free play. All seasons have great hands-on things for people, especially kids, to do. You can also enjoy a great view of the bird feeders! Most of the nature programs, covering a wide range of topics, start at this building. There is no additional fee (other than vehicle admission fee) to visit the center. Hours of the center: Open year round Monday to Friday (8 a.m. – 4 p.m.). From Memorial Day to Labor Day, the center is also open Saturday and Sunday (12 p.m. – 3 p.m.). Confirm winter hours of the center before visiting.

Enjoy birding! The park is a mixture of several habitats, chiefly grassland with some remnant of restored prairie. It also contains numerous wetlands and a spattering of woodlands to complete the picture. Because of this variety, there is a wide array of bird life on the property.

 

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Richard Bong State Recreation Area program: GO Cross-country Skiing

January 31, 2015

**Program is weather dependent.** Bring your skis and join instructor John Meyer to learn about waxing and many other skiing tips.

Richard Bong State Recreation Area program: Owl Prowl

January 31, 2015

Discover why the owl is a perfect night hunter. We will go outside to search for these predators. 

Richard Bong State Recreation Area program: GO Cross-country Skiing

February 7, 2015

**Program is weather dependent.** Bring your skis and join instructor John Meyer to learn about waxing and many other skiing tips.

Richard Bong State Recreation Area program: Knee-high Naturalist

February 12, 2015

Bring your 3-5 year old to this fun and active program. This month discover the WONDERS OF WINTER!

Richard Bong State Recreation Area program: GO Cross-country Skiing

February 14, 2015

**Program is weather dependent.** Bring your skis and join instructor John Meyer to learn about waxing and many other skiing tips.

Richard Bong State Recreation Area program: Return to Romance


February 14, 2015

“Return to Romance” with your special someone(s). You can warm someone's heart by taking a candlelit hike, or sitting by a warm fire sipping hot cocoa. In the beautifully-decorated Visitor Center, fine homemade desserts and warm drinks will be served. Once again this year Wylde Thyme will play their wonderful mix of Celtic and World music.

Richard Bong State Recreation Area program: Winter Bird Feeding

February 21, 2015

Want to brighten up your winter? Feed the birds! Discover the best seeds and feeders to attract the largest diversity of birds. Bring your bird feeding questions! 

Richard Bong State Recreation Area program: Coiled Rim Gourd Bowls

February 28, 2015

Make a decorative gourd bowl with a beautiful coiled and sewn fiber rim. Learn the techniques of growing, drying and preparing gourds for use as well.

Richard Bong State Recreation Area program: Décor Inspired by Nature

March 7, 2015

Bring some nature indoors as you make pots & vases decorated with wood then plant some bulbs to welcome spring. All materials supplied.

Richard Bong State Recreation Area program: Knee-High Naturalist

March 12, 2015

Bring your 3-5 year old to this fun and active nature program. This month check out a TREE HOTEL!