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Governor Dodge State Park is one of the state's largest parks, with 5,350 Locationacres of steep hills, bluffs and deep valleys plus two lakes and a waterfall. Located in Wisconsin's scenic driftless area, Governor Dodge offers camping, picnicking, hiking, canoeing, biking, hunting, fishing, off-road biking, cross-country skiing and horseback riding opportunities.

Camping Hiking Bicycling Boating Horseback Riding Canoeing & Kayaking Picnicking Shelters Swimming Fishing Hunting Trapping Winter Activities

Contact information
For information, contact:
Governor Dodge State Park
4175 State Highway 23 N
Dodgeville, WI 53533

Wisconsin State Park System Governor Dodge State Park

View of bluff covered with colorful trees in fall.

Photo © Jenna Thuli

Notice: On June 29th, a tornado swept through Governor Dodge State Park. The park sustained considerable damage in both the northern areas and southern areas of the park. There is considerable tree debris scattered throughout the park.


  • Pine Cliff Trail
  • Lakeview Trail
  • Mill Creek Trail
  • The Military Ridge Access Trail
  • The southern portion of the Outer Horse Trail Loop from the intersection of Old Orchard Pass to the intersection of Goldmine Trail


  • All campgrounds
  • Swimming areas at Cox Hollow and Twin Valley Lakes
  • Boat landings at Cox Hollow and Twin Valley Lakes
  • Kiwanis Concession Stand
  • Picnic and shelter areas
  • The northern portion of the Outer Horse Loop
  • The interior Horse segments (Old Orchard and Woodland Pass)
  • Stephens Falls Trail and Waterfall
  • Lost Canyon Trail
  • Uplands Trail
  • Meadow Valley Trail
  • Cave Trail

There are months of clean up work ahead. While many areas of the park must remain closed for safety reasons and the majority of the storm debris has yet to be removed, the park is still open.

We appreciate your understanding as we work through this storm clean up. Please contact the park office for specific open/closed area information. Thank you.

Reserve campsites at Governor Dodge State Park.

Park information


  • Governor Dodge State Park is open year-round from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m.


Take US Highway 18 to Dodgeville, which is about 48 miles west of Madison, Wisconsin. Then go north on State Highway 23. The park entrance is on your right about 3 miles north of Highway 18. You also can take the scenic Highway 23 south from Spring Green or north from Mineral Point to reach the park. Geographic coordinates are 43° 0' 58.5" N, 90° 8' 29.0" W.

By foot or bicycle, you can get to Governor Dodge by way of the Military Ridge State Trail. There's a surfaced access trail from the Military Ridge to the park just east of County Highway Z.


Concessions and rental equipment

The Dodgeville Kiwanis Club operates a concession stand at the Cox Hollow beach area. The stand offers boat and canoe rentals, soda, coffee, ice cream, pizza, ice, charcoal, T-shirts and miscellaneous snack items. The concession is open daily Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day.

Friends group and volunteering

Last revised: Friday October 17 2014