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Once designated to be a jet fighter base, Richard Bong State Recreation LocationArea is 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.

Notice: Due to damage to the entrance station, visitors must stop at the Molinaro Visitor Center to purchase state park vehicle admission stickers, hunting permits (including pheasant permits), and to check-in for camping. The visitor center is a few hundred feet past the entrance station; at the southeast corner of the intersection of Wolf Lake Dr. and Prairie Dr.

Recreation area information



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: Tuesday January 09 2018