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Richard Bong State Recreation Area

Richard Bong State Recreation Area is a 4,515 acres (18 km²) unit of the state park system of the U.S. state of Wisconsin. It is located west of Brighton, Wisconsin. This managed prairie contains 8.3 miles (13 km) of mountain bike trails. Other recreational activities include high power rocketry, dogsledding, falconry, ATV sports, land sailing, horseback riding, hunting, camping with amenities, including ultralight aviation. There is a wildlife preserve. Whooping cranes and great egrets are known to nest there.

The park is on land once intended for an Air Force base, Richard Bong Air Force Base. Its namesake is World War II veteran aviator Maj. Richard Ira Bong. Part of what was intended to be the main airstrip is still visible from aerial photos of the site. The area has been the subject of a number of marijuana-related jokes due to sharing its name with a type of pipe used for smoking cannabis, and its highway exit sign is among the top ten most stolen road signs in America.

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