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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.

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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.

DNR Photo

Notice: The summer of 2014, two EF2 tornados swept through Governor Dodge State Park. The park sustained considerable damage in both the northern areas and southern areas of the park. While a majority of the trails have been reopened – the following trails remain closed to all use for safety reasons. Much clean up remains due to the severity of the storms.


  • Pine Cliff Trail
  • Lakeview Trail

All remaining areas of the park are open including campgrounds, beaches, picnic and shelter areas, boat landings and all other trails. We appreciate your understanding as we continue the storm clean up from these storms. Please contact the 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: Monday May 04 2015