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Richard Bong State Recreation Area
26313 Burlington Rd.
Kansasville, WI 53139
262-878-5600
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Richard Bong State Recreation Area Current conditions

Conditions as of Thursday, October 30, 2014:

Trails

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.

Horseback riding

Trails are open depending on trail conditions, please call 262-878-5600 for availability.As of October 10th, 2014 the horse trails are OPEN. 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 Trails

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 October 10th, 2014 the bike trails north of HWY 142 are OPEN. 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

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.

Camping

The Sunrise and Group campgrounds are open as well as their shower facilities. Campsites 100-139 will close on October 13th, 2014. The dump station water is currently on. The Sunset campground and facilities are closed for the season.

Many ash trees have been cut in the park due to the discovery of the emerald ash borer.

Don't move firewood!

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 and on property Friday 5-9 PM and Saturday 3-6PM until October 12th, 2014 when property sales will end for the season.

Beach

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.

Boating

Boats (non-motorized or battery-powered only) are permitted on Vern Wolf Lake, however, lake levels are low. Launch at your own risk.

Fishing

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.

Events

Hunting

2014 Pheasant Hunting Fee Change: Pheasant Hunting at Bong State Recreation Area is now $12 per day. All other hunting licenses and vehicle admission still apply. The fee for hunting all other species at Bong remains at $1 per day.

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 information

The park office and entrance station are open every day through the summer months. Hours vary.

Annual vehicle admission stickers for 2014 are available for purchase and are valid for admission to all Wisconsin state parks until December 31, 2014.

Installation of a new dam at Vern Wolf Lake is planned to begin Fall 2014.

Last revised: Thursday October 30 2014