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  • 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

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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: Celebrate the Solstice

December 21, 2014

Enjoy a natural celebration at this busy time of year. Learn how others have celebrated the return of the sun then hike and do some of your own celebrating. 

Richard Bong State Recreation Area program: First Day Hike

January 1, 2015

State Parks across the nation host New Year’s Day hikes.  oin in the celebration to start your year off right! Meet at the Visitor Center.

Richard Bong State Recreation Area program: Knee-high Naturalist

January 8, 2015

Bring your 3-5 year old to this fun and active nature program. This month learn about OWL BABIES! 

Richard Bong State Recreation Area program: The Art of Falconry

January 10, 2015

Join falconer Ed Foster and friends to learn about the sport of kings. Meet some birds and discover how their adaptations help them survive.

Richard Bong State Recreation Area program: GO Ice Fishing!

January 17, 2015

**Program is weather dependent.**  Learn the basics of safe and effective ice fishing then try to catch a fish of your own! Equipment provided. All children must be accompanied by an adult. 

Richard Bong State Recreation Area program: Plants in Winter

January 24, 2015

Winter is tough on plants. Join us to hike and discover how plants survive and how to identify plants without their leaves. Meet at the Visitor Center.

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!