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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
608-935-2315

Wisconsin State Park System Governor Dodge State Park

View of bluff covered with colorful trees in fall.

DNR Photo

Reserve campsites at Governor Dodge State Park.


Storm damage and closures: Governor Dodge State Park received 5 inches of rain on July 19. The sand beaches at both Cox Hollow Lake and Twin Valley Lake are underwater. The Pet Swim Area at Cox Hollow Beach is also underwater. The boat launch piers at both Lakes are partially submerged as water covers the sections nearest the parking/launch areas. The horse and bike trails are closed at least through the weekend of July 22-23. Hiking trails have washouts and multiple flooded areas and several downed trees may make many trails impassable.

Park information

Welcome!

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

Directions

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.

Fees

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 July 21 2017