• 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: Dragons & Damsels

July 30, 2016

Visit their habitats to catch and release dragonflies and damselflies. Discover what makes them so unique and so important.

Richard Bong State Recreation Area program: Primitive Weapons

July 30, 2016

Join re-enactors Les and Edna Lowe to learn about knife & tomahawk throwing. Try your hand at this ancient art. For ages 12+ with an adult.

Richard Bong State Recreation Area program: Survival Hunting & Fishing

August 5, 2016

Learn to make deadfall and spring snare traps. Try an atlatl and view a variety of primitive fishing tools. A relaxed event to have some fun learning about these ancient tools.

Richard Bong State Recreation Area program: Prairie Tea Party

August 6, 2016

Young ladies ages 5-10, invite a grown-up lady for an outdoor tea party. Dress in your best floral outfits & enjoy home-made treats, a beautiful setting as well as a short hike through the prairie.

Richard Bong State Recreation Area program: Bird Beak Buffet

August 6, 2016

Play a game & take a hike to discover how important beaks are to birds!

Richard Bong State Recreation Area program: Rock Art

August 13, 2016

Everybody needs a rock! Create your own works of art using rocks, fun for all ages!

Richard Bong State Recreation Area program: Insect Safari

August 13, 2016

Capture, identify and release the park’s insects. Discover how fascinating and important our six-legged neighbors can be.

Running Free Trail Run and Beach Party

August 13, 2016

This will be a family-friendly event, located at the Richard Bong State Recreation Area with the start and finish at the Beach on Wolf Lake.

Richard Bong State Recreation Area program: Full Moon Bonfire

August 18, 2016

Bring your chairs, musical instruments and refreshments to enjoy the company of others under a full moon! Near Shelter #1.

Richard Bong State Recreation Area program: Eco-Scavenger Hunt

August 20, 2016

Drop in and bring the whole family to hunt for nature’s hidden surprises!