Once designated to be a jet fighter base, Richard Bong State Recreation Area 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.
- Contact information
- For information, contact:
- Richard Bong State Recreation Area
26313 Burlington Rd.
Kansasville, WI 53139
- Trail information line
- For current trail availability, call:
Wisconsin State Park System Richard Bong State Recreation Area
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 swimming, fishing and boating alternatives.
Also be aware that as of June 30, 2014 the ATV trails are closed and the horse trails are closed to horses due to the recent extreme wet weather.
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.
- Vehicle admission sticker is required.
- State trail pass is required for off-road bikers, horseback riders and off-highway motorcyclists 16 years of age and older.
- Hunting and fishing licenses apply.
- All-terrain Vehicles need to be registered (ATVs not dirt bikes) before arriving at the property.