Welcome to the Friends Website

This is the official website for the Friends of Governor Dodge State Park. Welcome!

Located just north of the city of Dodgeville, Governor Dodge State Park is a great place to visit. Between the prairies, savannahs, forests and marshes there lie two lakes and many rocky out-croppings. Visitors come to camp, hike, bike, ski, ride horse, swim and fish (just to name a few activities). We love this park and would love to share it with you. Please enjoy this website to learn a little more about ourselves and the park.

Supporting Recreation, Education and Environmental Stewardship

We are a group of volunteers who work to benefit Governor Dodge State Park. Our mission is to support recreation, education and environmental stewardship. For more information about our group, please visit Who are the Friends.

 


 

Notice: On June 29th, a tornado swept through Governor Dodge State Park. The park sustained considerable damage in both the northern areas and southern areas of the park. There is considerable tree debris scattered throughout the park.

THESE AREAS CLOSED TO ALL USE UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE:

  • Pine Cliff Trail
  • Lakeview Trail
  • Mill Creek Trail
  • The Military Ridge Access Trail
  • The southern portion of the Outer Horse Trail Loop from the intersection of Old Orchard Pass to the intersection of Goldmine Trail

THESE AREAS ARE OPEN:

  • All campgrounds
  • Swimming areas at Cox Hollow and Twin Valley Lakes
  • Boat landings at Cox Hollow and Twin Valley Lakes
  • Kiwanis Concession Stand
  • Picnic and shelter areas
  • The northern portion of the Outer Horse Loop
  • The interior Horse segments (Old Orchard and Woodland Pass)
  • Lost Canyon Trail
  • Uplands Trail

There are months of clean up work ahead. While many areas of the park must remain closed for safety reasons and the majority of the storm debris has yet to be removed, the park is still open.

Crews have worked as diligently as possible to get all campsites in a condition that ensures they are usable so that no one would be without a campsite for the holiday weekend.

We appreciate your understanding as we work through this storm clean up. Please contact the park office for specific open/closed area information. Thank you.

Recent News

Hunting Calendar Created

admin Thu, 10/30/2014 - 12:37

Since we are in hunting season, and many people have wondered about the season structure at the park.  We have created a hunting calendar so you can begin to understand what seasons are open when.


Click on the image to enlarge

Fall Candlelight Hike is a GO!!

admin Sat, 09/20/2014 - 14:36

Saturday October 11, 2014 from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM at the Amphitheater/Trails' End Shelter

This year's hike will be in an alternate area due to damage on the Lakeview Trail.  We will be holding the hike on a portion of the Meadow Valley Trail between the Amphitheater and Twin Valley Campground.  The start area will be the Amphitheater/Trails' End Shelter.  S'mores fixin's will be provided along with a nice campfire.  The Iowa County Astronomers will have equipment to watch the stars.

Storm damage in and near the park

admin Fri, 07/04/2014 - 12:09

Notice: On June 29th, a tornado swept
through Governor Dodge State Park. The park sustained considerable damage in
both the northern areas and southern areas of the park. There is considerable
tree debris scattered throughout the park.

THESE AREAS CLOSED TO ALL USE UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE:

Summer 2014 Newsletter Posted

admin Mon, 05/26/2014 - 00:03

The latest newsletter has been posted on our Newsletter page.  This edition includes the winners of the 2013 photo contest, a letter from the President and an article about prairie restoration.  Enjoy!

Launch of the new website

admin Sun, 05/11/2014 - 13:12

The Friends website has undergone a few changes. Most of what you liked from the old website is still here, just have a look around. Hopefully this new format will still bring you all the information you need to learn more about the Friends and Governor Dodge State Park.