• 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: Art for the Planet

March 11, 2017

Drop in between 9 & 10:30 to make useful and beautiful recycled art. You choose from a variety of craft kits.

Richard Bong State Recreation Area program: Earliest Migrants Hike

March 18, 2017

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: Know your Nests

March 25, 2017

Always wondering who made that nest? Join us to discover how and why animals make nests. We’ll then hike to identify nests outside. Meet at the Visitor Center.

Richard Bong State Recreation Area program: Family Nature Faire

June 4, 2017

Join us for family fun!  Food, raffles, live animals, art and nature booths plus much more!  A fundraiser sponsored by the Bong Naturalist Association.

Richard Bong State Recreation Area program: Fishing Clinic

June 4, 2017

Join Walleye’s Unlimited to learn to fish or pick up some tips. Bring your own equipment or use theirs. No fishing licenses needed today! Meet at Shelter #2. Free.

Richard Bong State Recreation Area program: Candlelight Hike

September 16, 2017

Bring the family for fall fun by candlelight. Hike the two-mile trail on your own or join us for a shorter guided hike. There will be a bonfire for marshmallows.

Richard Bong State Recreation Area program: Eco-Halloween Hike

October 21, 2017

Meet some characters at this non-scary, family event. Enjoy jack-o-lanterns, Halloween skits, campfires, refreshments, games and crafts.

Wolf Pack Trail Run

November 12, 2017

This low key ultra will be a family and friend event as well, by offering different distances for runners, walkers and relay runners. The course will allow it to be somewhat spectator friendly and will be well supported.