In the Southeast corner of Wisconsin, Richard Bong State Recreation Area was once supposed to be a jet fighter base. Construction on the air base was abandoned three days before it was due to begin, and the area was protected by local citizens for the use of future generations. The park is named for Major Richard I. Bong, a Wisconsin native and a leading air ace during World War II.
There are 16 miles of trails for hiking and six-and-a-half miles of ATV/UTV trails to explore at the Richard Bong State Recreation Area. For water lovers, the area has boating and fishing as well as a 200-foot beach with bathhouse for swimmers. During winter months, cross-country skiing, sledding, and ice fishing are available. For overnight guests, there is a total of 217 campsites to choose from.
Visitors can make reservations through the park’s website or through the park office during business hours. Camping rates are different, depending on the type of site. Richard Bong State Recreation Area is open all year-round from 6:00 AM to 11:00 PM. Entrance to the park requires a vehicle sticker, which can be purchased for daily or annual rates in advance or upon entrance. Fees start at $8 for Wisconsin residents.
At the Richard Bong State Recreation Area, as with any state park or campground in Wisconsin, dogs are permitted. In addition, your pooch is also allowed on trails and roads, but must be kept leashed or under control at all times. Leashes can be no longer than eight feet. Do not let your dog disturb local wildlife or become a nuisance.
Only 47 miles from Milwaukee, Richard Bong State Recreation Area has plenty for guests and their furry friends to enjoy. From hiking and biking, ATVs and UTVs to camping, boating, fishing and more, Richard Bong State Recreation Area has it all. In Southeastern Wisconsin, Richard Bong State Recreation Area has plenty for your whole family and your furry loved ones to enjoy.