Camping Staycation at Bong

8/5/2020 - Brandi Baker

Family-Friendly, Sports & Outdoors
Camping at Richard Bong State Recreation Area, WISCONSIN
Camping at Richard Bong State Recreation Area, WISCONSIN
Camping at Richard Bong State Recreation Area, WISCONSIN

Summer in Kenosha is typically three months packed full of festivals and events. Our area does an excellent job of taking advantage of the window of warm weather on our beautiful lakefront. This year has been a little different (okay, a lot different), and I know we are all missing the normalcy of past summers. However, that doesn’t necessarily mean you can’t find some Kenosha fun! As a family who is still practicing social distancing, we have found that camping is the perfect summer activity this year. 

We have been to a few campsites in the surrounding area, but did you know we have a beautiful State Park right here in Kenosha County? I’m talking about Richard Bong State Recreation Area. With 4,500 acres, it leaves plenty of space for everyone to enjoy and room to spare for the distancing I mentioned earlier. This park offers two family campgrounds, Sunset and Sunrise, group sites, and one accessible cabin. Even with many of their activities on hiatus, there is no shortage to the family fun to take advantage of. We love the beautiful beach area, a must if you want to make giant sandcastles. The warm, shallow water is perfect for spending a hot summer day swimming. Fishing is another family favorite in the Baker household. Bong offers two locations to fish, either on Wolf Lake or at the small urban fishing pond. 

What we love most about camping at Bong are the campsites. We like to stay at the Sunrise campground for the plenty of electric hookups for our camper. The spacious, secluded sites offer a lot of privacy which really sold us on Bong as being a family-favorite campground. We also appreciate the abundance of clean bathrooms and showers - never a far walk from any site. Right now, the office is closed, so don’t forget to bring your firewood (and S’more fixings), as each site does include a fire pit. You also won’t want to forget your hiking shoes, with more than 16 miles of trails, there is so much to explore. 

A few things to know before you head out on a fun family summer trip to Bong… You must purchase a Wisconsin State Park vehicle admission sticker, $28, with a Wisconsin license plate. This allows you access into any State Park through the end of the calendar year the sticker was purchased. Campsite rates vary depending on the type of site selected, you can reserve online or by phoning. Since the offices are currently closed, campers should proceed to their site after the 3pm check-in and DNR staff periodically stop by to verify check-in. Richard Bong State Recreation Area is open year-round, from 6am-11pm. So whether you have tents or a campter, or even if camping isn’t for you, make sure to plan a day at this beautiful state park right in our backyard. Visit their website for additional information and updates about the park. We love it and hope you will, too!

Brandi Baker Community Blogger

Brandi Baker

Community Blogger

Downtown Kenosha Resident. Mom to Blake. We love exploring restaurants, theater and music venues, museums, and special events in our hometown.