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Contact information
For information, contact:
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 Tuesday, May 17, 2016:


Trails are open to hikers. For the most current trail conditions, please call 262-878-5600.

The ATV and dirt-bike trail availability is determined on a daily basis. ATV and dirtbike rules [exit DNR]

Horseback riding trails are open depending on trail conditions, please call ahead for availability. 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. 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 Highway 142 when conditions permit. Trails are open depending on conditions, please cal ahead for availability. 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 the 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.


You can make reservations online or by calling 1-888-947-2757.

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. Firewood is not currently available for purchase at the property.


Boats (non-motorized or battery-powered) are permitted on Vern Wolf Lake, however, water levels are low. Launch at your own risk. Lake levels are still suitable for kayaking and canoeing.


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. Fishing regulations.


Get Outdoors! Nature Programs and Events Calendar.


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

Installation of a new dam at Vern Wolf Lake is on-going.

Last revised: Tuesday May 17 2016