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- Richard Bong State Recreation Area
26313 Burlington Rd.
Kansasville, WI 53139
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Richard Bong State Recreation Area Activities and recreation
Special Use Zone
Richard Bong offers an area where visitors may fly model airplanes, rockets, hang gliders and hot air balloons. Richard Bong also has space to train both hunting and sled dogs, train falcons, ride all-terrain vehicles, off-highway motorcycles and horses on trails, and hunt in season. All such activities take place in the Special Use Zone (SUZ) or managed hunt areas.
Activities in the 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.
Hikers have more than 16 miles of trails to explore. Dogs must be on a leash eight feet or shorter at all times.
Off-road biking trails are available on the trails north of Highway 142.
ATVs and UTVs
There are nearly 6.5 miles of ATV/UTV trails at the property. ATVs/UTVs need to be registered before arriving at the property. Availability of the trails is determined on a daily basis. Always call 262-878-5600 before you come to ride.
Off-highway motorcycles (OHMs)
There are nearly 8 miles of off-highway motorcycle trails at the property. OHMs need to be registered before arriving at the property. Availability of the trails is determined on a daily basis. Always call 262-878-5600 before you come to ride.
There is a 200-foot beach with a bath house.
Boating, canoeing and kayaking
The recreation area has a boat launch (electric motors only).
Picnic areas and playgrounds
There are four different picnic areas at the property. All picnic areas have accessible picnic tables. Near the swimming beach, there is playground equipment, volleyball nets, a ball field and horseshoe pits.
Fishing is available on Wolf Lake and at the urban fishing pond. There is an accessible fishing pier and locations available for shore fishing. Wisconsin fishing licenses are required.
Anglers of any age may check out basic fishing equipment free of charge at the park office. This equipment was donated by the Tackle Loaner Program. Call the park office to find out what equipment is available.
Hunting and trapping
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. During the pheasant hunting season, a special armband is required to hunt pheasant on the property. Armbands must be purchased from staff upon arrival. Target shooting and sighting-in firearms are prohibited.
- More about Hunting at Richard Bong State Recreation Area
- Richard Bong State Recreation Area hunting map
Cross-country skiing, sledding and ice fishing are favorite winter sports. Trails are not groomed for cross-country skiing. Classic skiing is allowed on all trails and trail passes are not required. Snowshoeing is allowed north of Highway BB and off-trail anywhere in the property. Skate skiers may use Wolf Lake. A snowmobile trail crosses part of the property.
The opening and closing of snowmobile trails is at the discretion of each county. Snowmobile trails which cross DNR lands are opened and closed consistent with the surrounding county (or counties). Whenever possible, the opening and closing of snowmobile trails is done on a county-wide basis, however localized conditions may require localized trail opening and closing. It is the responsibility of the county to provide notification about the status of snowmobile trails. The Travel Wisconsin Snow Conditions Report, and local club and county snowmobile web pages and telephone hotlines will provide the most current information.