• 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.).

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.

 

Travel Green Wisconsin certifiedTravel Green Wisconsin Certified. Read about here.

Richard Bong State Recreation Area program: Early Bird Bird Hike

April 19, 2014

Explore the trails to look and listen for newly-arrived migrants as well as resident birds.

Richard Bong State Recreation Area program: Orange Trail Hike

April 19, 2014

Hike this 6.4 mile seldom-explored trail.

Richard Bong State Recreation Area program: To Burn or Not to Burn?

April 19, 2014

Discover why controlled burns are an important tool for management, how they are conducted and what safety measures are followed. Weather permitting, you will witness an actual burn.

Richard Bong State Recreation Area program: Rhode's Road Rambles

April 7, 2014, April 14, 2014, April 21, 2014, April 28, 2014

Watch spring unfold as you hike this 4 mile paved road that is closed to traffic. Come to as many rambles as you like and walk at your own pace and your own distance.

Richard Bong State Recreation Area program: Picnic for Earth

April 22, 2014

Bring your own picnic and join us and The Nature Conservancy worldwide to celebrate Earth Day. Awards for environmentally friendly picnics. Wear your hiking shoes if you want to join us for a one-mile hike after we eat.  

Richard Bong State Recreation Area program: Work* Play* Earth Day!

April 26, 2014

People can celebrate Earth Day while helping out and enjoying Wisconsin state park, forest, trail and wildlife properties during the sixth annual Work*Play*Earth Day. 

Richard Bong State Recreation Area Program: Kohl's Wild Theater

May 3, 2014

Actors portraying animals from right in your own backyard will sing, dance and talk when Kohl's Wild Theater takes the stage at Richard Bong State Recreation Area.

Richard Bong State Recreation Area program: Mother's Day Wildflower Hike

May 11, 2014

Show Mom (or anyone special) a bouquet they will always remember. Bring your camera to take the memories, not the flowers, home. Trail is rough and wet.

Richard Bong State Recreation Area programs: Family Nature Faire and Free Fishing

June 8, 2014

 It's Open House and Free Fishing Day and that means no fishing licenses are needed by anyone to fish and your park entrance fee is waived as well!

Richard Bong State Recreation Area program: Candlelight Hike

September 13, 2014

Bring the family for fall fun by candlelight. Hike the two-mile trail on your own or join us for a shorter guided hike. There will be a bonfire for marshmallows. Meet at the Visitor Center.