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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Bring your adult (or other) coloring books and supplies or use ours as you join us to celebrate spring and to unwind and relax. Bring a picnic to add to the enjoyment!
Celebrate Earth Day by helping nature and the park by panting trees or cleaning up. Dress to be working outside. Projects may change if it’s raining.
Experience the amazement of migration. Bring your binoculars and we’ll look and listen for newly-arrived birds, especially warblers.
Spring wildflowers bloom such a short time. Hike with us to identify and enjoy what spring has to offer.
Kids ages three and up, bring an adult to join in this fun nature program! Learn how you can earn a colorful patch. Meet at the Amphitheater.
Visit with a park ranger, discover what their job is, what equipment they use and visit a squad car. Meet at the Amphitheater.
Back by popular demand, musician Brett Hall performs your favorite John Denver hits in front of a cozy fire!
Drop in between 9:30 and 10:30 a.m. to help the earth and your plants! Make uniquely useful plant stakes using natural and recycled items. Appropriate for all ages.
Ever wonder what’s making all that noise in the pond? Come learn about Wisconsin’s frogs and toads and how to identify them by voice. Then we’ll hike to the pond to listen for a frog chorus.
Enjoy family fun! Food, raffles, live animals, art and nature booths plus much more!