The Bong Naturalist Association is a group of volunteers promoting conservation, education and recreation at Richard Bong State Recreation Area.
You are invited to head to the park to explore the newly installed spring STORYWALK®. “Our Yard is Full of Birds” by Anne Rockwell is the featured book. As you read, you’ll learn about birds and their habits. Additional activities like scavenger hunts, art projects, snack ideas, and action play are also included to help you explore nature and learn more about birds. Bring your phone or camera to take photos of the extra activities that are posted as copies cannot be provided.
The book is aimed primarily at a 3-8-year-old audience but the whole family can enjoy the hike. The .7-mile trail begins right behind the Visitor Center at Richard Bong State Recreation Area and has some grade to it and there are also several washouts so do watch your step. Dogs are not allowed on this trail. The trail passes the new Nature Explore Classroom, but that area is still closed to the public at this time.
There is no cost to hike but you will need to have or purchase a state park vehicle admission sticker. The park is open 6am-11pm. For questions call (262) 878-5601.
2021 annual vehicle admission stickers are required for park entrance. Admission stickers, gift recreation packages and a donation that goes to Wisconsin State Parks can be purchased online at the Friend of Wisconsin State Parks website. FWSP Online Store (google.com)
Stickers may also be purchased online at Vehicle Admission Stickers/Wisconsin DNR. You may also purchase them from the Richard Bong entrance station on the weekends or the self-registration station at any time.
All Wisconsin state park system properties are operating their usual property hours which generally is 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. seven days a week.
Starting April 30, the following changes will be implemented:
- Observation towers and playgrounds are now open
- Volunteer group sizes have been increased to 50 people
- Capacity for open-air shelters, amphitheaters and outdoor group campgrounds have increased to 100 people
- Non-department led special event capacity have increased from 50 to 100.
Buildings and Entrance Stations remain closed. Parks with drive up entrance stations may still be open for window service. Self-registration fee boxes and electronic kiosks are open. All naturalist programs are canceled indefinitely.
Flush toilets are now open in parks, and vault toilets are open, however, they may not all be cleaned daily.
The campgrounds at Richard Bong are Sunrise and Sunset. Sunrise is operated the last Friday in March to the last week in November. Sunset Campground operates the Thursday before Memorial Day through Labor Day. Campgrounds are available by reservation only, day of arrival up to 11 months in advance go to: wisconsin.goingtocamp.com Or call 888-947-2757.
Group campsites, special events, shelter and amphitheater reservations for groups under 50 to 100 individuals are open.
Please be respectful and safe so the park can remain open.
- Carry out all garbage, pet waste and recycling
- Don’t trespass, make sure the area you are accessing is open to the public
- Bring your own sanitizer and water
- Don’t pick native plants or remove any animals from the park
- If you see violations, please report them