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General Information about the Park
Size: 5350 acresNumber of campsites:
Cox Hollow Campground - 101
Twin Valley Campground - 149
Horse Camp - 11
Group Camp - 8
Backpack Camping - 6
For more information see our Camping Page. Miles of trails: about 40 miles
Trails include hiking, biking, bridle, cross-country skiing, snow-shoeing and snowmobile.
Number of lakes: 2
Cox Hollow Lake
3.3 miles of shoreline
Max depth of 28 ft
Twin Valley Lake
5.6 miles of shoreline
Max depth of 32 ft
For a complete list of fees, see the official DNR website.
Every vehicle that enters the park is required to have a valid state park admission sticker. Any camping fees are in addition to the admission sticker.
Camping reservations must be made through Reserve America, but many sites are available on a first-come first-served basis. Reservations are highly recommended in the summer.
For a complete list of rules visit the State Park Rules page.
Each year the Friends of Wisconsin State Parks ask visitors to vote for Gold Seal Awards. These are various categories where you get to vote on your favorite park, feature, etc. Governor Dodge State Park was lucky enough to win the following awards:
We will post a link here if you'd like to vote in the future.
2010 - Friends Group of the Year - Awarded by the Wisconsin State Park System
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.
He lived from October 12, 1782 - June 19, 1867 and settled a large piece of land in what is now downtown Dodgeville, WI.
Firewood restrictions are in effect because of invasive species and pests like Emerald Ash Borer, Gypsy Moth, Asian Long-Horned Beetle, Sirex Wood Wasp, Dutch Elm Disease and a fungus called Oak Wilt. These pests have the potential to devastate the forest.
Honeysuckle and Black Locust are two woody invasives that choke-out other beneficial trees.
Garlic Mustard is very prevalent in the park, and care should be taken not to spread the seeds. This biennial plant grows mostly in the shady forests of the park. You will find it along the sides of roads and on the edges of campsites. In early spring the plant can be pulled and destroyed. But for the rest of the year, avoid this plant as the seeds will be spread. At the end of each hike or ride, clean off your shoes, pets, bikes and horses so the seeds will stay in one area.
Governor Dodge State Park
Park Superintendent: Kathy Gruentzel
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