Pheasant stocking

Stocking is done for the year and permits are now $5/day.  The season remains open through January 9.   A one-time hunt stocking will take place the week of December 20 for the holiday hunt, staff does not know the date and prices will remain at $5.  The entrance station will remain open until January 9 and then be open on weekends only. 

Need some last-minute holiday gifts?  The Bong Naturalist Association has a well-stocked merchandise counter in the visitor center.  Shirts, nature books, earrings, mugs and many other items are for sale.  Pair with a state park admission sticker for that special someone in your life including yourself!!!  The visitor center is open Monday and Wednesdays 11am-3pm and possibly on other days, we recommend calling ahead (262)878-5601. 

New this year! Custom Bong Naturalist Association ornaments.  Order soon, we have a limited supply. Hang on your tree or use as a gift tie on. Ornament is made of wood, is approximately 3″ across and 1/8″ thick and only $4. When ordering please include your name, address (city, state, zip), your email address and phone number. To order, please stop at the visitor center or click on this link


New Sticker needed starting January 1

2022 annual vehicle admission stickers are now on sale and are valid from the date of purchase through Dec. 31, 2022!  Admission stickers and can be purchased online at the link below or at individual properties via drive-up window service, electronic sales kiosks or self-registration stations.


Walking in a winter wonderland 

Just a reminder that once there is snow on the ground, you may not walk yourself or your pets on the ski trails—this is because we do not have groomers at the park and walking in the ski tracks ruins them for skiers.  As alternatives, you can hike on the service roads including the one that is north from the park entrance, on the nature trail behind the visitor center and in the campground areas. 

Winter Storywalk

You are invited to enjoy the crisp air and beautiful scenery as you explore the winter STORYWALK® “In the Snow: Who’s Been Here? by Lindsay Barrett George is the featured book. As you read and hike, you’ll learn about your animal neighbors.  Additional activities like scavenger hunts, art projects, snack ideas, and action play are also included to help you explore nature and learn more about leaves. 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 Recration Area and has some grade to it.  Dogs are not allowed on this trail.

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.

The Bong Naturalist Association is a group of volunteers promoting conservation, education and recreation at Richard Bong State Recreation Area.