COVID-19 Related Updates

  • Vehicle Admission Sticker is REQUIRED. When the park office is closed, daily or annual park stickers may be purchased at the self-registration station.
  • Bathrooms are OPEN.
  • Camping is available. ALL campsites are reservable.
  • Face coverings are required when inside any building if you are not vacinated.

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

About the Park

Park Statistics

Size: 5350 acres

Number of campsites:

Cox Hollow Campground - 101
Twin Valley Campground - 149
Horse Camp - 11
Group Camp - 8
Backpack Camping - 6

Miles of trails: about 40 miles

Trails include hiking, biking, bridle, cross-country skiing, snow-shoeing and snowmobile.


Canada Goose by Jim FrameNumber of lakes: 2

Cox Hollow Lake
95 acres
3.3 miles of shoreline
Max depth of 28 ft

Twin Valley Lake
152 acres
5.6 miles of shoreline
Max depth of 32 ft

Park Fees and Rules

For a complete list of fees, see the official DNR website.

Every vehicle that enters the park is required to have a valid state park admission sticker. Any camping fees are in addition to the admission sticker.

Camping reservations must be made through, but many sites are available on a first-come first-served basis. Reservations are highly recommended in the summer.

Governor Dodge        State Park      Camping Fees Summer (All Days) Spring/Fall (weekday) Spring/Fall (weekend) Winter (All Days)
May 24 - Sept 1 May 1 - May 23 Nov 1 - Apr 30
Sept 2 - Oct 31
Non-Elec Elec Non-Elec Elec Non-Elec Elec Non-Elec Elec
Resident $20 $30 $15 $28 $18 $30 $15 $28
Non-Resident $25 $35 $20 $33 $23 $35 $20 $33


As of June 1, 2014 you may only bring firewood into the park if it originated from within 10 miles of the park and from the state of Wisconsin. Any firewood brought from further than 10 miles or from outside Wisconsin will be confiscated.
Visit the WDNR page for more information about firewood.


For a complete list of rules visit the State Park Rules page.

Gold Seal Awards

Each year the Friends of Wisconsin State Parks ask visitors to vote for Gold Seal Awards. These are various categories where you get to vote on your favorite park, feature, etc. Governor Dodge State Park was lucky enough to win the following awards:

  • Best Playground for Kids - 2006
  • Best Fishing Area - 2008
  • Best Area for Pet Lovers - 2008
  • Best Group Campsite - 2008
  • Best Trail Feature (Stephens' Falls) - 2009
  • Hero of the Year (Duane) - 2009
  • Best Green Initiative - 2010 (Governor Dodge State Park, for solar lighting for the park’s highway entrance sign and memorial flagpole and for using an electric park maintenance vehicle)
  • Best Pet Area - 2011
  • Best Playground for Kids - 2012
  • Best RV Camping - 2013
  • Best Accessible Picnic Area - 2015
  • Best State Park System Property to Take Nature Photos - 2017

Other Awards

2010 - Friends Group of the Year - Awarded by the Wisconsin State Park System
2018 - Volunteer of the Year - Awarded to Jerry and Pat Cornelius by the Wiconsin State Park System for their outstanding volunteer efforts in assisting with all types of maintenance tasks and assisting with special events at the park.

Who was Governor Dodge?

Henry Dodge was a veteran of both the War of 1812 and of the Black Hawk War, member of the U.S. House of Representatives, member of the U.S. Senate and the first Territorial Governor of Wisconsin.

He lived from October 12, 1782 - June 19, 1867 and settled a large piece of land in what is now downtown Dodgeville, WI.

Invasive Species

Firewood restrictions are in effect because of invasive species and pests like Emerald Ash Borer, Gypsy Moth, Asian Long-Horned Beetle, Sirex Wood Wasp, Dutch Elm Disease and a fungus called Oak Wilt. These pests have the potential to devastate the forest.

Honeysuckle and Black Locust are two woody invasives that choke-out other beneficial trees.

Garlic Mustard is very prevalent in the park, and care should be taken not to spread the seeds. This biennial plant grows mostly in the shady forests of the park. You will find it along the sides of roads and on the edges of campsites. In early spring the plant can be pulled and destroyed. But for the rest of the year, avoid this plant as the seeds will be spread. At the end of each hike or ride, clean off your shoes, pets, bikes and horses so the seeds will stay in one area.

Park Contact Information

Governor Dodge State Park
4175 State Hwy 23 North
Dodgeville, WI 53533

Phone: (608)935-2315

Park Superintendent: Kathy Gruentzel