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Contact information
For information, contact:
Governor Dodge State Park
4175 State Highway 23 N
Dodgeville, WI 53533
608-935-2315

Governor Dodge State Park Current conditions

Trails

Cox Hollow Dam Construction and Trail Closures: Construction work on Cox Hollow Dam will begin mid-September and is expected to continue into 2019. The following trails will not be accessible from the Cox Hollow Beach trailhead.

  • Mill Creek Trail
  • Lakeview Trail
  • Pine Cliff Trail will only be accessible at Enee Point Picnic Area, but the trail is closed beyond the intersection with the Lakeview Trail.
  • Military Ridge Access Trail. The access path along Hwy. 23 road shoulder to Dodgeville remains open.

Please contact the park office at 608-935-2315 for the most current trail conditions. See our trail map [PDF]. For your safety, please stay on designated trails.

Hiking trails are open. Keep in mind that hikers may encounter almost any condition on the trails so please plan accordingly.

Horse and mountain bike trails are open. They will close for the season on Nov. 15. Please remember that trail conditions can deteriorate quickly with changing weather conditions. Wet or muddy trails can be easily damaged by horses and bicycles causing trail closures.

A state trail pass is required for anyone age 16 and older to use the mountain bike and horse trails. Trail passes are available at the park office.

Pets

Pets must always be kept on a leash no longer than 8 feet. Please be courteous of all park visitors and clean up and properly dispose of your pet waste. For the safety of all park visitors and especially you and your pet, pets may not be left unattended at any time and in any area of the park.

Pets are allowed in the campgrounds and on the trails. By law, pets are not permitted in picnic, beach and playground areas, in any shelter areas or in any park buildings. There are designated pet swim and picnic areas at Governor Dodge. Please ask at the park office for directions to these pet areas.

Camping

All campgrounds are open for the season. Portions of Cox Hollow campground, the Hickory Ridge group camp, the Horse Camp, and the Backpack sites will close for the season on October 13. See the campground map [PDF].

Seasonal building and water system shutdowns begin in mid-September. Water in Twin Valley campground will be the last to shut down – weather will determine the exact date, but not later than October 22.   

All campers, including those with reservations, must register at the park office before setting up. Remember, no one may set up between 11 p.m. and 6 a.m. Campers  arriving before 11 p.m. but after the park office has closed may set up on designated sites and must come to the park office by 9 a.m. the next morning to register and pay camping and vehicle admission fees. Campers with reservations who will not arrive on their scheduled arrival date should contact the park office to ensure their site will be held for late arrival.

Reservations are highly recommended for May through October, especially for weekends, holidays and electrical sites. Reservations can be made up to 11 months in advance of your arrival date by calling the toll free reservation line at 888-947-2757 or online.

Don't move firewood!

Don't move firewood!Due to the potential of carrying harmful tree pests and diseases, Wisconsin has restrictions for moving firewood.

Firewood and kindling is available for purchase at the park office. All sales benefit the Friends of Governor Dodge for park improvements.

Fishing, boating and swimming

Game fish season is open, musky season closes December 31. Special size and bag limits exist on both Twin Valley and Cox Hollow lakes. Check the current fishing regulations, ask at the park office, and note signs at both boat landings for lake-specific regulations.

Both Cox Hollow and Twin Valley lakes are restricted to electric motors only.

Bathhouses at Twin Valley and Cox Hollow beaches close for the season in mid-September.

Picnic areas and concessions

The Kiwanis Concession is open 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays through Columbus Day weekend (October 7). The Concession Stand closes for the season on October 8. Contact them at 608-935-7501 (Saturdays and Sundays) for canoe, rowboat and kayak rental information.

Seasonal building and water system shutdowns in the picnic and beach areas begin in mid-September.

Picnic shelter reservations are available. Contact the park office for specific information on shelters, availability and reservations. See Governor Dodge State Park shelters for more information.

Picnic and beach and shelter areas are carry-in/carry-out areas and do not have trash or recycling receptacles. All visitors must carry out their trash and recyclables so please plan accordingly and bring adequate bags/containers to enable you to take your trash and recyclables with you. We encourage visitors to use reusable containers and minimize garbage.

Hunting

Hunters may hunt deer, small game and turkey in designated areas of the park in season. Special regulations and seasons apply for each hunt. Please check the 2018 Deer Hunting Regulations and the 2018 Small Game and Fall Turkey Regulations for more information or contact the park office for park specific hunting information. 

2018 Governor Dodge Fall Hunting Seasons

  • Oct. 15 – Jan. 6, Archery deer hunting
  • Nov. 1 – Dec. 15, Small game hunting (closes at noon Nov. 1-14)
  • Nov. 17-25, Gun deer hunting
  • Nov. 26 – Dec. 5, Muzzleloader deer hunting
  • Dec. 6-9, Antlerless-only deer hunt
  • Nov. 15 – Dec. 15, Fall turkey (zone 1 permittees only)

Visitor center

The visitor center is open daily and is the place to go for park information, to register or check in for camping and to purchase vehicle admission stickers.

Last revised: Tuesday September 04 2018