• 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: Return to Romance


February 13, 2016

You can “Return to Romance” with your special someone(s). This year is an adults only event. You can warm someone's heart by taking a candlelit hike, or sitting by a warm fire sipping hot cocoa.

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

February 13, 2016

**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: Animal Detectives

February 20, 2016

Learn to read animal tracks and signs then hike to see what the animals have been doing in the park this winter.

Boreas Trail Adventure

February 20, 2016

This will be a low key trail run. Featuring BYOSS (Bring Your Own Stuff to Share), well marked trails, one aid station and enclosed area and a couple of small warming fires. 

Richard Bong State Recreation Area program: Coyote Neighbors

March 5, 2016

Discover how perfectly adapted coyotes are to survive. Learn some tips for living near them then we’ll go out to try to call our coyote neighbors.

Willow Basket Class

March 12, 2016

Learn to make a beautiful basket out of native willow that you cut yourself. Bring waterproof boots if you have them. Please call to pre-register.

Richard Bong State Recreation Area program: Earliest Migrants Hike

March 19, 2016

Bundle up and bring your binoculars to join us for an early morning hike. Discover which hardy migrants have returned and what the resident birds are doing.

Richard Bong State Recreation Area program: Spring Explorer Hike

March 19, 2016

Put on your boots and hike to search for signs that spring arrives tomorrow!  Meet at the Visitor Center.

Richard Bong State Recreation Area program: “Egg”-stravaganza

March 26, 2016

Eggs are amazing! Discover which animals have them and try some hands-on experiments with eggs to discover why they are nature’s perfect packages of life!  Fun for all ages!

Richard Bong State Recreation Area program: Family Nature Faire

June 5, 2016

Enjoy family fun!  Food, raffles, live animals, art and nature booths plus much more!