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Frequently Asked Questions

Questions about the Friends

What do the Friends do for the park?
How do I become a member of the Friends?
How can I help if I do not want to become a member?
When do the Friends meet? or When are the work days?

Questions about the park

Who was Governor Dodge?
How large is the park?
What can I do while I'm visiting?
Where is the best fishing spot?
How do I get to the park?
Can I moor my boat/canoe/kayak at the lake?


What do the Friends do for the park?
The Friends of Governor Dodge State Park are volunteers. We raise money for special items and events that will enhance the park visitors experience and for items that will aid the park staff in their job. We also volunteer on workdays to to various projects around the park; these include invasive species control and park beautification.

How do I become a member of the Friends?
It's simple! Visit this page to learn how you can join or simply help the Friends.

How can I help if I do not want to become a member?
It's simple! Visit this page to learn how you can join or simply help the Friends.

When do the Friends meet? or When are the work days?
Our Calendar will list all meeting times and special work days. You will also find interpretive programs and many other important dates.

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Who was Governor Dodge?
Henry Dodge was a veteran of both the War of 1812 and of the Black Hawk War, member of the U.S. House of Representatives, member of the U.S. Senate and the first Territorial Governor of Wisconsin. Learn more in About the Park.

How large is the park?
The park is 5350 acres or...
8.359375 mi² or...
233,046,000 ft² or...
33,558,364,219 in²
That makes Governor Dodge the third largest park in the Wisconsin State Park System!

What can I do while I'm visiting?
Popular activities are camping, hiking, horse-back riding, swimming, fishing and biking. Learn more in About the Park and Camping pages.

Where is the best fishing spot?
Cox Hollow Lake is better for panfish like Bluegill and Twin Valley Lake is better for game fish like Muskie. But as far as where on the lakes... we'll leave that up to you.

How do I get to the park?
We have provided an interactive map on the Directions page. Just below the map is a link to get directions, the park address is already in place, you will just have to provide your beginning location.

Can I moor my boat/canoe/kayak at the lake?
Boat mooring is available from May 1 to October 31 at either lake. You must register with the park office prior to mooring your boat. Overnight mooring is only allowed in the marked areas at either boat launch. Boats must be removed by the end of the day on October 31.

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