Covering more than 5,000 acres of the Uplands is Governor Dodge State Park, located three miles north of Dodgeville on State Hwy. 23. Governor Dodge is the second largest state park in Wisconsin and is open year ‘round for your enjoyment.
The terrain in the park is rugged and varies from steep hills and sandstone bluffs to deep, lush valleys. Whether you are planning to visit Gov. Dodge just for the day, or spend your vacation here, there’s something for each family member.
BOATING - Boats and canoes may be rented daily from Memorial Day to Labor Day at the Cox Hollow beach concession stand. Rentals are also available on spring and fall weekends. There are launching ramps on both Cox Hollow and Twin Valley Lakes. Electric motors only, are permitted on both lakes.
FISHING - The park’s two man-made lakes offer excellent fishing. Bass, walleye, muskie, and panfish are abundant. Fishing licenses are required and may be purchased in Dodgeville. HIKING Governor Dodge offers 28 miles of hiking trails and also maintains some 35 miles of snowmobile and cross country ski trails for summer hikers.
CONCESSIONS - 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, and miscellaneous snack items.
HORSEBACK RIDING - There are twenty-some miles of bridle trails. Bring your own horse or Doby Stables, which is located next to Gov. Dodge, offers guided trail rides into the park. A day-use facility is provided. An overnight camping facility is available and advance reservations can be made. The campground and horse trails are open from May 1 – November 15. Trail fee required.
NATURALIST PROGRAMS - The park naturalist leads free scheduled nature walks June–August. Call the park for schedule.
SWIMMING beaches are located on both lakes. No lifeguards are on duty.
PICNICKING - There are eight designated picnic grounds. Each is equipped with tables and grills. Six picnic shelters are also available. Reservations accepted.
BIKING - There are 10 miles of designated off-road bicycle trails. Park trails also provide access to the 40-mile Military Ridge bicycle-hiking-snowmobile trail. Trail fee required. Open May 1 through November 15.
ADMISSION FEES - A vehicle admission sticker is required year ‘round on all motor vehicles stopping in the park. Call for fees.
SKIING - Eighteen miles of ski trails are groomed and tracked, conditions permitting. The varying terrain offers challenges for all skiers. Pit toilets, water, and grills are provided at the starting area.
SNOWMOBILING - A 15-mile trail offers scenic views of this large, spacious park. The park trail also connects with the 36-mile Military Ridge Trail to provide hours of riding enjoyment.
ICE FISHING - There are two lakes in the park that offer ice fishing opportunities throughout the winter months. A bait shop is conveniently located nearby.
SKATING - A large skating rink is maintained at Cox Hollow Lake, conditions permitting. Picnic tables, grills, and toilets are close at hand.
CAMPING - 270 available sites and group tent sites. Call for fees 608-935-2315