Current Conditions

Conditions change rapidly at Governor Dodge State Park.  Below is a summary to the best of our knowledge.

Horse and Bike Trail Conditions

All horse and bike trails are OPEN. Trails are typically open May 1 - Nov 15 each year.
During the wet times of summer, there may be days that the trails will close due to weather conditions. Contact the park for more details if you are unsure.

*Note* The day-use parking lot for horse trail users (located near the barn) can sometimes fill up in the summer. When this happens, please use the parking lot near the Twin Valley shelter.

All horse and bike rider 16 years of age and older are required to carry a Wisconsin state trail pass whenever they ride. Passes can be purchased for either a day or for the whole year.  These trail passes are required for all horse and bike trails inside the park, as well as the Military Ridge State Trail. Purchase your trail pass at the park office.

Trail conditions change rapidly, contact the park office at (608) 935-2315 for any questions about the trails.

Cross-Country Ski Trail Conditions

Trails are CLOSED for the season.

Trail conditions change rapidly, contact the park office at (608) 935-2315 for any questions about the trails.

REMINDER: No hiking or pets on the ski trails during the winter months. There are alternative trails that hikers and pet owners are welcome on, try Uplands Trail and Pine Cliff Trail.

Snowmobile Trails

Governor Dodge State Park allows snowmobiles to ride on the outer horse loop (15 miles) within the park.

  • Riders can access the trail from Military Ridge Trail or by trailering and unloading at the park office. Vehicles parking at the office will need a valid Wisconsin State Park Admission Sticker.
  • The snowmobile trails in Governor Dodge follow the opening and closing of area trails. The best place to find out trail conditions is the Travel Wisconsin Snow Conditions Report. Riders should be looking for Iowa County trail conditions.

*NOTE: cross-country ski conditions are updated for this site and TravelWisconsin.com at about the same time by a member of the Friends. Ski condition reports will usually be updated sometime shortly after the trails have been groomed.
Snowmobile trail conditions are updated by a local third party.

Camping

Camping is available in ALL campgrounds. Water is turned on throughout the park.

Camping reservations are available through Reserve America. You can make a reservation by calling (888) 947-2757 or online at ReserveAmerica.com.  The park also has a number or first-come first-serve sites available for with both electric and non-electric amenities.

Hunting

There is currently NO hunting in the park.
2016 Seasons:
Oct 15-Jan 8 | Archery Deer
Nov 1-Dec 15 | Small Game
Nov 19-Nov 27 | Gun Deer
Nov 15-Dec 15 | Turkey
Nov 28-Dec 7 | Muzzleloader Deer
Dec 8-Dec 11 | Anterless Gun Deer

2017 Seasons:
April 1-May 2 | Hunting available in State Parks
April 19-April 25 | Turkey Hunting - Period A
April 26-May 2 | Turkey Hunting - Period B

See the Governor Dodge Hunting Calendar 2016.

See http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/parks/hunt/ for more info on hunting in state parks and maps. ALL hunters are required to wear blaze-orange during deer firearm seasons (this includes bow-hunters and small game hunters). Non-hunters are not required to wear blaze-orange, but is recommended when hiking.