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Richard Bong

Wisconsin State Park System

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Hours


Open 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. year-round.

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Admission


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