• 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: 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: 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: 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: Red Trail Hike

May 3, 2014

Hike to explore the beautiful 8.3 mile Red Trail in the last Spring into Fitness event.  Bring water and pack a lunch. 

Richard Bong State Recreation Area program: Knee-high Naturalist

May 8, 2014

Bring your 3-5 year old to this fun and involving nature program. This month we'll see why YOU DON'T LOOK LIKE YOUR MOTHER!  

Richard Bong State Recreation Area program: Kid's Fishing Clinic

May 10, 2014

Kids, 16 and younger, bring an adult to learn the basics of fishing while trying to catch your own fish!  All equipment supplied.  

Richard Bong State Recreation Area Workday

May 10, 2014

Want to help the environment and the park? Come help at our workday. Workdays are flexible, you may come for the ones you want and stay as long as you want. They are most suitable for ages 10 and up. Dress to be working outside. For more information or to sign up call (262) 878-5607. Meet at the Visitor Center.

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. 

Richard Bong State Recreation Area program: Bird Migration Hike

May 17, 2014

Experience the amazement of migration. Bring your binoculars and we'll look and listen for newly-arrived birds, especially warblers.

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!