Bong State Recreation Area

A large area of flat grasslands is the dominant feature of this property. The 4,515-acre park also contains ponds, a
lake, marshes, woodlands, prairie and old fields. In the spring, migrating waterfowl include Tundra Swans and White Pelicans. Bald Eagles migrate through the property along with many species of hawks. In the summer, Savanna, Henslow’s and Grasshopper Sparrows nest here along with terns, Yellow-headed Blackbirds, rails and herons. The fall migration brings many avian species. In the winter, it’s a great place for Short-eared and Snowy Owls, Snow Buntings and Northern Harriers. There’s a visitor center, gift shop and a viewing platform for birders.

Directions: Located on Hwy 142 nine miles east of I-94 in Kenosha County.

Bong State Recreation Area

Gazetteer: Page 31, C-4 (prior to 10th edition). | Page 95, D-6 (10th edition).

Phone: 262/878-5600.

Web site: WDNR Bong Recreation Area

Signature species: Bobolink, Greater Yellowlegs, Eastern Bluebird, and Sandhill Crane.

Rare species: Upland Sandpiper and Black Tern.

Seasonality: Open all year.

Parking: Parking lots.

Nearest food & lodging: Sturtevant and Burlington.

Fee: State Park fees apply.