• 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
  • 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
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Richard Bong State Recreation Area

(262) 878-5601

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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, and hiking. Also horseback trails and snowmobile parking. 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.

Did you know the second largest Bald Cypress tree in the state, a champion tree, is found here?

Among the accessible opportunities at Richard Bong State Recreation Area is a fully accessible cabin. Others include an observation ramp, wheelchair sand rover at the beach, an accessible fishing pier, and accessible hunting opportunities and campsites.

Once designated to be a jet fighter base, Richard Bong State Recreation Area is fittingly named after Major Richard I. Bong, a Poplar, Wis. native who was America's leading air ace during World War II. The recreation area offers a wide variety of outdoor activities and has a "special use zone" where visitors may fly model airplanes, rockets, hang gliders and hot air balloons.

 

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Richard Bong State Recreation Area program: Pond Exploration

June 4, 2016

Get your hands wet as you dip into the pond and identify the creatures that live there. Meet at the Visitor Center.

Richard Bong State Recreation Area program: Resident Birds

June 4, 2016

Bring your binoculars to hike and discover which birds nest at the park. Meet at the Visitor Center.

Richard Bong State Recreation Area program: Family Nature Faire

June 5, 2016

Celebrate Flyers and Flowers! Enjoy art & nature booths, live animals, raffles & food. Fun free or low-cost activities for the whole family.

Richard Bong State Recreation Area program: Fishing Clinic

June 5, 2016

Drop in to fish with Walleye’s Unlimited USA. Bring your own equipment or use theirs. Learn angling tips as you fish.

Richard Bong State Recreation Area program: Backpacking Basics

June 6, 2016

Join expert guide Nick Gordon to learn the ins and outs of modern backpacking. Discover what equipment will get you started and how to save money on gear. 

Richard Bong State Recreation Area program: Eco-Scavenger Hunt

June 11, 2016

Drop in with the whole family any time before 10:45 a.m. to hunt for nature’s hidden surprises. A Family Play Day!

Richard Bong State Recreation Area program: Turtle Tales

June 11, 2016

It’s almost turtle nesting time! Discover what makes a turtle special and how they survive. Learn which turtles live in Wisconsin.

Richard Bong State Recreation Area program: How to Stay Found

June 18, 2016

Learn to read a map & use a compass then we’ll head outside to practice your new skills by playing fun compass games. Most appropriate for ages 8 and up.

Richard Bong State Recreation Area program: Social Bonfire

June 20, 2016

Bring your chairs, musical instruments and refreshments to enjoy the company of others and celebrate the full moon and the solstice!

Richard Bong State Recreation Area program: Pollinator Celebration

June 25, 2016

Drop in between 9 and 11:30 a.m. to celebrate the wonder and necessity of pollinators. Visit booths with crafts & activities, something for everyone!