COVID-19 Related Updates

  • Vehicle Admission Sticker is REQUIRED. Park Offices are closed, daily or annual park stickers may be purchased at the drive-up window or self-registration.
  • Bathrooms are OPEN through some of the park. All water systems are closed for the season.
  • Camping is available. ALL campsites are first-come first serve.
  • Face coverings are required when inside any building.

For more information visit: https://dnr.wi.gov/covid-19/

Please be considerate to all. Practice social distancing. Stay Well!

FIREWOOD IS FOR SALE AT THE PARK

Located across from the park office

9 AM - 4 PM Daily

Click here for more information

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.

 

Recent News

Winter Candlelight Ski - CANCELLED

The Winter 2019 Candlelight Ski has been cancelled due to poor weather.

 

The 2019 Candlelight Ski will be Saturday 1/19/2019 from 6 PM - 8:30 PM. Start area will be Cox Hollow Beach.

Get Your 2019 Park Stickers

The 2019 State Park and Forests Admission Stickers are here! Head out to a park and get your today!

For more info: https://dnr.wi.gov/topic/parks/admission.html

FOGD-Equestrians Announce Matching Donations

$25,000 Matching Donation Announced! Generous Donor offers a dollar-for-dollar match from horse enthusiast donors until December 31, 2018. Don’t miss this opportunity to double your donation! Donate today!

The FOGD-Equestrians is dedicated to preserving, promoting, protecting and enhancing equestrian experiences at Governor Dodge State Park. They are the Equestrian Commitee of the Friends of Governor Dodge.

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 Big THANK YOU!

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:

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