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History of Governor Dodge State Park
Iowa County Conservation Committee chose the Cox Hollow area as a possible site for a lake.
Iowa County Board of Supervisors approved the donation to the state of 160.5 acres for a park.
Conservation Commissioners voted for a park in the Cox Hollow area. This is the "birth of the park."
Commissioners approved a western road entrance into the park. Work commenced on the road.
The park was officially named Governor Dodge State Park after Henry Dodge. Park road was also completed.
Conservation Commissioners approved dam and spillway plans. Work started on the dam and spillway.
Beach area and boat landing completed. Lake started to fill. Northern Pike and Bass planted. Melvin "Mike" Thomas assumed duties as Park Manager. Fire broke out in the northeast corner of the park causing limited damage. Electricity brought to the park. Newly created lake called Cox Hollow Lake.
No fishing allowed on lake. Lake completely filled.
Fishing opened June 1st. Bathhouse construction started. New park roads construction started.
Bathhouse completed and opened for public use. New roads completed. First camping area completed. Unwanted bluegills dumped into lake.
Beginning of state parks admission sticker fee.
Work started on a new addition to Cox Hollow campground. Iowa County received approval for a second dam and lake in the park (the future site of Twin Valley Lake). New dam project started.
Cox Hollow campsites 49-117 open to the public.
Construction on additional park roads started. Second dam completed. Lake started to fill. Aerators installed in Cox Hollow Lake. New beach area started and completed near new lake. Northern Pike and Bass planted in new lake.
Construction commenced on new bathhouse. New boat marina completed. Fishing opened on new lake. Snowmobiles allowed in park.
New park entrance opened. Construction started on new visitor center.
Visitor center completed. Concession stand opened near Cox Hollow Lake. Work started on service building. Work started on new 90 unit camping facility. Cox Hollow lake drained.
Control tower valve in Cox Hollow Lake closed. Cox Hollow Lake restocked with trout and bass. Fishing allowed on Cox Hollow Lake. Service building completed.
Muskies were first planted in Twin Valley Lake.
Cross-country ski trail was developed. New camping area; "300 series" was opened in the Twin Valley camping area. This added 55 new units to the existing facilities.
New group camp area opened.
New amphitheater constructed.
New Mill Creek cross-country ski trail and bridge constructed.
New Meadow Valley hiking-ski trail developed (7.5 miles).
Three new picnic shelters constructed.
Visitor Center remodeled and expanded.
160 acres purchased from the Cassidy family.
Newly constructed shower/toilet building opened at Hickory Ridge Group Camp.
New boat dock installed at Cox Hollow boat launch.
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