Current Conditions

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

Cox Hollow Dam Construction and Trail Closures: Construction work on Cox Hollow Dam will begin mid-September and is expected to continue into 2019. The following trails will not be accessible from the Cox Hollow Beach trailhead.

  • Mill Creek Trail
  • Lakeview Trail
  • Pine Cliff Trail will only be accessible at Enee Point Picnic Area, but the trail is closed beyond the intersection with the Lakeview Trail.
  • Military Ridge Access Trail. The access path along Hwy. 23 road shoulder to Dodgeville remains open.

Horse and Bike Trail Conditions

All horse and bike trails are typically open May 1 - Nov 15 each year. 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

All trails are open to hiking. Hope for more snow next winter!

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 Twin Valley Campground. Water is turned off throughout the park. Water for jug-filling is available at the park office.

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 hunting in the park.
2018 Fall Seasons:
Oct 15-Jan 6 | Archery Deer
Nov 1-Dec 15 | Small Game
Nov 17-Nov 25 | Gun Deer
Nov 15-Dec 15 | Turkey
Nov 26-Dec 5 | Muzzleloader Deer
Dec 6-Dec 9 | Anterless Gun Deer

2019 Spring Seasons:
April 1-May 1 | Hunting available in State Parks
April 17-April 23 | Turkey Hunting - Period A
April 24-April 30 | Turkey Hunting - Period B

See the Governor Dodge Hunting Calendar 2018.

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.