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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
  • 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: Meet the Ranger

May 27, 2017

Visit with a park ranger, discover what their job is, what equipment they use and visit a squad car. Meet at the Amphitheater. Vehicle admission sticker is required: $8 per day for vehicles with Wisconsin plates (seniors $3) / $11 for vehicles with out-of-state plates. Annual state park admission sticker also available. 

Richard Bong State Recreation Area program: Toad-ally Cool

May 27, 2017

Learn about toads then take a short hike to look and listen for these cool amphibians. Optional: Make a toad house for $3 (cash or check only) to take home with you. Meet at the Visitor Center. Vehicle admission sticker is required: $8 per day for vehicles with Wisconsin plates (seniors $3) / $11 for vehicles with out-of-state plates. Annual state park admission sticker also available. 

Richard Bong State Recreation Area program: Eco-Scavenger Hunt

May 28, 2017

Drop in with the whole family any time before 9:45 a.m. to hunt for nature’s hidden surprises. Meet at the Amphitheater. Vehicle admission sticker is required: $8 per day for vehicles with Wisconsin plates (seniors $3) / $11 for vehicles with out-of-state plates. Annual state park admission sticker also available. 

Richard Bong State Recreation Area program: Playing in the Park

May 28, 2017

Come play with us! Get a preview of our one-acre Nature Explore Classroom by exploring and playing at your own pace. Enjoy building, art, water, fort building, digging and other fun activities. Drop in anytime between 6 & 7:30 p.m. Meet at the Amphitheater. Vehicle admission sticker is required: $8 per day for vehicles with Wisconsin plates (seniors $3) / $11 for vehicles with out-of-state plates. Annual state park admission sticker also available. 

Richard Bong State Recreation Area program: Springtime Edibles Hike

June 3, 2017

Join us on a hunt for springtime flavors as we forage and prepare edible plants of the park. Trails may be wet so dress accordingly! Meet at the Visitor Center. Vehicle admission sticker is required: $8 per day for vehicles with Wisconsin plates (seniors $3) / $11 for vehicles with out-of-state plates. Annual state park admission sticker also available. 

Richard Bong State Recreation Area program: Family Nature Faire

June 4, 2017

Discover what’s “Under your Feet” when you join us for art & nature booths, live animals, raffles & food.

Richard Bong State Recreation Area program: Fishing Clinic

June 4, 2017

Drop in to fish with Walleye’s Unlimited USA. Bring your own equipment or use theirs. Learn angling tips as you fish. Meet at Shelter #2. No licenses needed today and it’s free park entrance today.

Richard Bong State Recreation Area program: Shocking Fish

June 4, 2017

Join DNR fisheries staff as they perform a fish survey on the park lake. Discover how electro-shocking gives an overview of lake quality. Meet at the Boat Ramp. Free park entrance on this day.

Richard Bong State Recreation Area program: Whose Ribbit is it?

June 10, 2017

Ever wonder what’s making all that noise in the pond? Come learn about Wisconsin’s frogs and toads, then we’ll hike to the pond to listen to a frog chorus. Meet at the Visitor Center.

Richard Bong State Recreation Area program: Survival Knots

June 10, 2017

Practice tying useful knots for everyday use & for survival situations. Best for ages 8+.  Meet at the Visitor Center. Vehicle admission sticker is required: $8 per day for vehicles with Wisconsin plates (seniors $3) / $11 for vehicles with out-of-state plates. Annual state park admission sticker also available.