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Once designated to be a jet fighter base, Richard Bong State Recreation LocationArea is fittingly named after Major Richard I. Bong, a Poplar, WI native who was America's leading air ace during World War II. The air base was abandoned three days before concrete was to be poured for a 12,500-foot runway. Local citizens had the foresight to protect this open space for future generations.

Camping Hiking Bicycling Boating Canoeing & Kayaking Picnicking Shelters Swimming All-terrain vehicles Off-highway motorcycles Horseback riding Fishing Hunting Trapping Winter Activities

Contact information
For information, contact:
Richard Bong State Recreation Area
26313 Burlington Rd.
Kansasville, WI 53139
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Wisconsin State Park System Richard Bong State Recreation Area

Sunset at Richard Bong State Recreation Area.

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Reserve campsites at Richard Bong State Recreation Area.

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.

Low water levels: Please be aware that Wolf Lake water levels are very low due to failure of the water control structure. Due to extremely low water, boating and fishing options are very limited. Repairs are planned for the fall of 2014. Please contact park staff for information on local area fishing and boating alternatives.

Recreation area information


  • Richard Bong State Recreation Area is open year-round from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m.
  • Office hours vary by season.


Richard Bong State Recreation Area is eight miles southeast of Burlington, WI on State Highway 142. The entrance is a little less than one mile west of State Highway 75. The latitude is 42° 38' 6.8" north and longitude 88° 7' 36.5" west. It is about 47 miles from Milwaukee, 71 miles from Chicago and 362 miles from Minneapolis.


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Last revised: Monday December 22 2014