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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
262-878-5600
Trail information line
For current trail availability, call:
262-878-5600

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

Welcome!

  • Richard Bong State Recreation Area property is open year-round from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. Office hours vary by season and staff availability. Fees and park business are handled at the entrance station or visitor center. When both locations are closed, a self-registration station is available.
  • During winter the visitor center is typically open weekends 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Tuesday-Friday 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.; closed Monday. The entrance station is closed until late March.

Directions

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 April 17 2018