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.
UPDATE 5/1/15 - The outer horse loop and the Military Ridge Access trails are now open. The only remaining closures include Lakeview Trail and the southern portion of Pine Cliff trail.
UPDATE 4/27/15 - Mill Creek Trail is now open. the roughly 3 mile trail is open to hikers now and is expected to be open to mountain bikers by May 1 (weather dependent). Lakeview, a portion of the outer horse loop and the full length of the military Ridge access trail remain closed.
UPDATE 4/8/15 - A portion of Pine Cliff Trail has been opened. The 1.5 mile loop closest to Enee Point picnic area has been cleared and opened. The trail is still closed on the south side of the lake. Other trails remain closed as reported below.
UPDATE 1/5/15 - Many areas continue to be affected. The snowmobile trail, Mill Creek, Lakeview and Portions of the outer horse loop and Pine Cliff trails remain closed. Crews are harvesting debris and we hope to see re-development of the trails this coming season.
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.
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.
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.