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- Richard Bong State Recreation Area
26313 Burlington Rd.
Kansasville, WI 53139
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Richard Bong State Recreation Area Current conditions
Conditions as of Wednesday, April 15, 2015:
Trails are open to hikers. The Blue Trail is closed near the failed water control structure (old dam). Pets are welcome on most trails but must be on a leash 8-feet or shorter at all times. Stop in the office to pick up a guide for your dog in the park.
All-terrain vehicle (ATV) and dirtbike trails
The ATV and dirt-bike trail availability is determined on a daily basis. For the most current trail conditions, please call 262-878-5600.
Trails are open depending on trail conditions, please call 262-878-5600 for availability. As of April 14, 2015 the horse trails are CLOSED due to very wet trail conditions. A state trail pass is required for riders ages 16 and older. If trails are closed, you may ride on the paved roads at Richard Bong State Recreation Area. Please ride responsibly to not degrade the trails. You are required to take any droppings and hay with you from the parking lots when you leave so the natural beauty of the park is not compromised.
Biking is allowed on the hiking trails north of HWY 142 when conditions permit. Trail opening depending on the trail conditions, please call 262-878-5600 for availability. As of April 14, 2015 the bike trails north of HWY 142 are CLOSED due to very wet trail conditions. A state trail pass is required for riders ages 16 and older. If trails are closed, you may ride on the paved roads at Richard Bong State Recreation Area. Please ride responsibly to not degrade the trails.
Pets are permitted on most hiking trails, roads and in campgrounds. They are not permitted in picnic areas, buildings or shelters, at the playground, beach, at nature programs or on interpretive nature trails. Pets must be on a leash 8-feet or shorter at all times.
Public use in the Special Use Zone (SUZ)
Activities in the Special Use Zone (SUZ) area must be managed to insure compatibility. Please call ahead at least a week before your planned event for permission to use the area. Check with management if you are planning an activity (rocket launches, free flight airplanes, rubber band airplanes, etc.) in the special use zone.
The Sunrise campground sites 1-6 are currently open. All remaining sites and all facilities are closed for the season. The Sunrise campground and Group sites will be opened Friday, April 3, 2015. The dump station water is currently off and is scheduled to be turned on Friday, April 10th.
Many ash trees have been cut in the park due to the discovery of the emerald ash borer.
Don't move firewood!
Due to the potential of carrying harmful tree pests and diseases, Wisconsin has restrictions for moving firewood.
Firewood can be purchased from local vendors. Firewood is not currently available for purchase on property.
Swimming is not recommended due to low lake levels and the lake water not being tested for bacteria. No pets are allowed in the beach area. The bathhouse is closed. Vault toilets are available.
Boats (non-motorized or battery-powered only) are permitted on Vern Wolf Lake; however, lake levels are low. Launch at your own risk.
The water level in Wolf Lake is low because of an emergency draw down. Fishing will be impaired; however, plans for lake restoration are underway. A fishing license is required for all anglers 16 years of age and older.
Please check hunting regulations. All species with a hunting season may be hunted at this property. Hunting hours at Richard Bong may differ from the regulations. Call 262-878-5600 for hunting times and questions specific to Richard Bong State Recreation Area. No rifles or handguns are allowed for hunting, only shotguns, bows, crossbows and muzzleloaders. A daily hunting permit and vehicle admission are needed to hunt on the property. Target shooting and sighting-in firearms are prohibited.
- More about Hunting at Richard Bong State Recreation Area
- Richard Bong State Recreation Area hunting map
The park office is open Tuesday through Sunday and closed on Monday. Hours vary.
The entrance station will be open on weekends starting Friday April 17, 2015.
Annual vehicle admission stickers for 2015 are available for purchase and are valid for admission to all Wisconsin state parks until December 31, 2015.
Installation of a new dam at Vern Wolf Lake is on-going.