Governor Dodge State Park is one of the state's largest parks, with 5,350 acres 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.
- 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
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.
THESE AREAS CLOSED TO ALL USE UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE:
- 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.
- 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.
- Vehicle admission sticker is required.
- A state trail pass is required for bikers and horseback riders 16 years of age and older.
- Hunting and fishing licenses apply.
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
- Governor Dodge State Park map
- Campgrounds map
- Winter trails
- Hunting and trapping map
- Hunting and trapping map (beginning in Oct.)