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Governor Dodge State Park Activities and recreation

Hiking Hiking

Governor Dodge maintains nearly 40 miles of trails. All are open to hiking, except on ski trails when they are snow-covered.

Bicycling Bicycling

The park has 8 miles of challenging off-road bicycle trails. State Trail Passes are required to use the bike trails. Trails are open May 1 to November 15 unless posted otherwise. Meadow Valley and Mill Creek trails are designated off-road biking trails.

Horseback Riding Horseback riding

The park has 22 miles of bridle trails providing riders an unequaled view of Governor Dodge's rich and varied landscape. Bring your own horse, as the park does not provide rentals. Day-use parking is available, as well as horse campsites. State trail passes are required to use the bridle trails. Trails are open May 1 to November 15 unless posted otherwise.

Camping Camping

Camping at Governor Dodge State Park

Picnicking Shelters Playgrounds Picnic areas and playgrounds

There are eight designated picnic areas. Picnic shelters are available at Enee Point, the amphitheater, Twin Valley picnic area and Cox Hollow and Twin Valley beaches. Contact the park office for shelter reservation information.

There are accessible shelter buildings at Cox Hollow Beach and Enee Point picnic areas. Accessible toilet facilities and picnic tables are provided at both beaches, Cox Hollow boat landing and Enee Point picnic area. Accessible water fountains are conveniently placed throughout the park.

Swimming Swimming

Swimming beaches are located on both lakes. Bathhouses are found near both beaches. The beaches are open from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. No lifeguards are on duty.

Boating Canoeing/Kayaking Boating, canoeing and kayaking

Lakeshore with reflectionsThere are launching ramps on both Cox Hollow and Twin Valley Lakes. Electric motors only are permitted on both lakes. Boat mooring is permitted May 1 through October 31 at designated areas only. Row boats and canoes may be rented daily from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day at the Cox Hollow Beach concession stand. Rentals are also available during the spring and fall weekends.

Fishing Fishing

The park’s two man-made lakes offer excellent fishing. Species include bass, walleye, muskie and panfish. Fishing licenses are required and may be purchased at local bait shops. Consult the current fishing regulations for special size and bag limits. A fishing deck is available at Cox Hollow boat landing.

Anglers of any age may check out basic fishing equipment free of charge at the park office. This equipment was donated by the Tackle Loaner Program. Call the park office to find out what equipment is available.

Hunting Trapping Hunting and trapping

Hunting and trapping are allowed in the open areas of the park during the Wisconsin state parks hunting and trapping time frame. Trapping is not permitted in closed areas as noted on the park hunting map or within 100 yards of any designated use area, including trails. Certain trap types are restricted on state park properties. For more information, please see:

In addition to the opportunities that are available during the state parks hunting/trapping time frame, hunting opportunities in state parks that were already established by rule and in place prior to the enactment of 2011 ACT 168, remain in place.

  • At Governror Dodge State Park, this includes archery deer hunting, which is allowed in the park from Oct. 15 through the Sunday nearest Jan. 6 and small game hunting from Nov. 1 through Nov. 14 ending at noon each day.

Cross-Country Skiing Cross-country skiing

Woman skiing near rock outcrop Governor Dodge has over 12 miles of ski trails. Many trails can be reached from the Cox Hollow Beach trailhead. Water, picnic tables and vault toilet facilities are also available at the trailhead. Lakeview, Lost Canyon, Mill Creek and Meadow Valley (in order from easiest to most difficult) are groomed for skiing when conditions permit.

Ice Fishing Ice fishing

Two lakes in the park offer ice fishing opportunities throughout the winter. A bait shop is conveniently located nearby. The park does not monitor ice conditions or make recommendations as to the safety of the ice.

Hiking Snowshoeing Winter hiking and snowshoeing

Snowshoeing is allowed anywhere in the park except on cross-country ski trails. Try the Uplands Trail, Hickory Ridge group camp area or Twin Valley picnic area. Winter hiking is available on Pine Cliff Trail and the Uplands Trail. All other park trails are open to either skiers or snowmobilers only.

Sledding Sledding

Sledding and tobogganing are great family sports. All you really need is a hill and a friend to pull your toboggan back up the hill. The Twin Valley Beach hill is a popular spot for sledding. Pit toilets are available at the Twin Valley Boat Landing. There are plenty of hills in the park—pick one and enjoy!

Snowmobiling Snowmobiling

A 15-mile trail offers scenic views of this large spacious park. The park trail also connects with the 40-mile Military Ridge Trail to provide hours of riding enjoyment.

The opening and closing of snowmobile trails is at the discretion of each county. Snowmobile trails which cross DNR lands are opened and closed consistent with the surrounding county (or counties). Whenever possible, the opening and closing of snowmobile trails is done on a county-wide basis, however localized conditions may require localized trail opening and closing. It is the responsibility of the county to provide notification about the status of snowmobile trails. The Travel Wisconsin Snow Conditions Report [exit DNR], and local club and county snowmobile web pages [exit DNR] and telephone hotlines will provide the most current information.

Last revised: Friday September 23 2016