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For information, contact:
Governor Dodge State Park
4175 State Highway 23 N
Dodgeville, WI 53533
608-935-2315

Governor Dodge State Park Current conditions

Mark your Calendars! Join us for Governor Dodge’s 19th Annual Candlelight Ski on Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018. Ski, hike or snowshoe (pending weather conditions) a trail lit with glowing candlelight. Warm up by the bonfire after enjoying the trail. Limited snacks and hot beverages will be available for purchase. Weather and snow conditions determine trail location. Sponsored by the Friends of Governor Dodge. Sorry, no pets please.

2018 annual park admission stickers will be available for sale beginning Dec. 1, 2017. They make wonderful Holiday gifts!

Trails

Please contact the park office at 608-935-2315 for the most current trail conditions. See our winter trail map [PDF]. For your safety, please stay on designated trails.

Hiking trails are open. Keep in mind hikers may encounter almost any condition on the trails so please plan accordingly.

There is no hiking, snowshoes or pets allowed on the ski trails when the trails are snow-covered. 

Horse and mountain bike trails are closed for the season. They will reopen May 1, 2018, conditions permitting.

A state trail pass is required for anyone age 16 and older to use the mountain bike and horse trails. Trail passes are available at the park office.

Pets

Pets must always be kept on a hand-held leash no longer than 8 feet. Please be courteous of all park visitors and clean up and properly dispose of your pet waste. For the safety of all park visitors and especially you and your pet, pets may not be left unattended at any time and in any area of the park.

Pets are allowed in the campgrounds and on the trails (as long as there is no snow). By law, pets are not permitted in picnic, beach and playground areas, in any shelter areas, or in any park buildings. There are designated pet swim and picnic areas at Governor Dodge. Please ask at the park office for directions to these pet areas.

Camping

Twin Valley campground sites 201–293 are open for off-season camping. Once the snow flies, only the 255-293 loop will be open for camping and only limited sites will be plowed. All other camping areas are closed for the season. See our campground map [PDF].

All shower/flush toilet facilities and water systems, including the dump and fill station, are closed for the season. Vault toilets are available in the campground and water for jug filling is available from the faucet outside the park office.

All campers, including those with reservations, must register at the park office before setting up. Remember, no one may set up between 11 p.m. and 6 a.m. Campers  arriving before 11 p.m. but after the park office has closed may set up on designated sites and must come to the park office by 9 a.m. the next morning to register and pay camping and vehicle admission fees.

Reservations are highly recommended for May through October, especially for weekends, holidays and electrical sites. Reservations can be made up to 11 months in advance of your arrival date by calling the toll free reservation line at 888-947-2757 or online.

Don't move firewood!

Don't move firewood!Due to the potential of carrying harmful tree pests and diseases, Wisconsin has restrictions for moving firewood.

Firewood

Firewood and kindling is available for purchase at the park office. All sales benefit the Friends of Governor Dodge for park improvements.

Fishing, boating and swimming

Game fish season is open, musky season closes Dec. 31. Special size and bag limits exist on both Twin Valley and Cox Hollow lakes. Check the current fishing regulations, ask at the park office, and note signs at both boat landings for lake-specific regulations.

Both Cox Hollow and Twin Valley lakes are restricted to electric motors only.

Bathhouses at Twin Valley and Cox Hollow beaches are closed for the season.

Hunting

Hunters may hunt deer, small game and turkey in designated areas of the park in season. Special regulations and seasons apply for each hunt. Please check the 2017 Deer Hunting Regulations and the 2017 Small Game and Fall Turkey Regulations for more information or contact the park office for park specific hunting information. 

Governor Dodge Fall Hunting Seasons

  • Oct. 15 – Jan. 7, 2018 - Archery deer hunting
  • Nov. 1 – Dec. 15 - Small game hunting (closes at noon Nov. 1-14)
  • Nov. 18 – Nov. 26 - Gun deer hunting
  • Nov. 27 – Dec. 6 - Muzzleloader deer hunting
  • Dec. 7 – Dec. 10 - Antlerless-only deer hunt
  • Nov. 15 – Dec. 15 - Fall turkey (zone 1 permittees only)

Picnic areas and concessions

The Kiwanis concession is closed for the season and will reopen the first weekend in May, 2018. All picnic and beach water systems are closed for the season.

Picnic shelter reservations are available. Contact the park office for specific information on shelters, availability and reservations. See Governor Dodge State Park shelters for more information.

Picnic and beach and shelter areas are carry-in/carry-out areas and do not have trash or recycling receptacles. All visitors must carry out their trash and recyclables so please plan accordingly and bring adequate bags/containers to enable you to take your trash and recyclables with you. We encourage visitors to use reusable containers and minimize garbage.

Visitor center

The visitor center is open daily and is the place to go for park information, to register or check in for camping and to purchase vehicle admission stickers.

Last revised: Monday November 20 2017