Fall Candle Light Hike - Too Much Rain!

Unfortunately, due to the extremely wet conditions we currently have, plus the forecasted multiple inches of rain tonight and tomorrow, we have made the decision to CANCEL the candlelight hike.  We were hoping the forecast would be kinder to us, but Mother Nature has decided we just need to stay wet.

Thanks to everyone who volunteered to help . . keep your fingers crossed that we can have great conditions for the Candlelight Ski in January!

Fall Candle Light Hike

This year's Candle Light Hike will be Sat Oct 6 from 7pm-9pm. Meet at Cox Hollw Beach. Enjoy an autumn evening hike on the Lakeview Trail (1.25 miles) lined with luminaries. Bring family and friends and enjoy the evening outdoors including a campfire and s’mores at Governor Dodge State Park. This is a free event, however a park admission sticker is required. For more information contact the Park at 608-935-2315. Sponsored by the Friends of Governor Dodge State Park and the Kiwanis Concession.


A recent message from Governor Dodge Maintenace Staff Duane Deutmeyer:

THANK YOU to all of the Friends members who helped us get a bunch of big projects done despite the unusual spring weather!! It is much appreciated!! And, equally important, THANK YOU to the Friends group for funding on these projects!

These projects include:

Deal Me In - Equestrians Fundraiser Event

All-in for fun! Both riders and hikers welcome!
Sunday, June 3, 2018
9:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. Registration opens at 9:00
Lunch Included! Games & Raffle!
$30 per participant
Become a member and get an extra card!
Register online at
For more information:
Note: State Park Open House Weekend. Vehicle stickers and trail passes not required.

Candlelight Ski has been cancelled

Due to icy conditions and lack of snow, we have canceled the ski scheduled for 1/20/18. Thanks for all who have put effort into helping prep and here's hoping that weather conditions are favorable next time!

Candle Light Ski on Jan 20th

Join us for a Candle Light Ski on Jan 20 from 6pm-9pm. Conditions will determine the exact trail location. Candle Light Events

Hunting Begins in the Park Oct 15

Hunting begins in the park with Archery for Deer on Oct 15. Small game hunting begins Nov 1. Gun deer hunting begins Nov 18. All hunting ends Jan 7. Gov Dodge Hunting Calendar

UPDATE - Candlelight Hike Cancelled due to Rain

Unfortunately, the Candlelight Hike has been cancelled due to rain. Stay tuned for information on a winter Candlelight Ski.

Gov Dodge Wins FWSP Gold Seal Award

Governor Dodge State Park has been awarded a Gold Seal Award for "Best state park system property to take nature photos" from the Friends of Wisconsin State Parks.

Show Off Your Selfie Skills

A selfie stand has been placed at Governor Dodge State Park in conjunction with Enee Point rock face as seen from Enee Point Picnic Area is one of the most scenic spots in the state. Share your selfie on Instagram using #ScenicWisconsin or upload your pic to so everybody can see.