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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

(262) 878-5600

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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, 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.

 

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Richard Bong State Recreation Area program: Eco-Scavenger Hunt

August 30, 2014

Bring the whole family and drop in to hunt for nature's hidden surprises. A Family Play Day.

Richard Bong State Recreation Area program: Meet the Ranger

August 30, 2014

Learn about a park ranger's job first-hand. Discover what equipment they use and visit the squad car.

Richard Bong State Recreation Area program: Animal Detectives

August 30, 2014

Hike in search of  clues that unlock the secret lives of animals that live in the park. Meet at the Visitor Center.

Richard Bong State Recreation Area program: Stargazing Saturday

August 30, 2014

If there are clear skies, join astronomical society members to look through their telescopes and see what's happening in the night sky. 

Richard Bong State Recreation Area program: Long Skinny Snakes

August 31, 2014

Drop in between 9 & 10:30 a.m. to discover why snakes are so long and skinny and how they survive. 

Richard Bong State Recreation Area program: Concert in the Park

August 31, 2014

Back, once again, by popular demand Brett Hall performs a tribute to John Denver accompanied by a campfire.

Richard Bong State Recreation Area program: Candlelight Hike

September 13, 2014

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. Meet at the Visitor Center.

Richard Bong State Recreation Area program: Wolf Lake Trail Run/Walk

September 28, 2014

Richard Bong State Recreation Area and the Bong Naturalist Association announce the Fifteenth Annual Wolf Lake Trail Run/Walk. Enjoy a beautiful fall run/hike (3.9 miles).  Funds raised are earmarked for the planned Nature Explore Classroom - a natural play area for families.

Richard Bong State Recreation Area program: Eco-Halloween Hike

October 18, 2014

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