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Governor Dodge State Park, Dodgeville

(4.6/5 based on 130+ reviews on the web)
Governor Dodge State Park is a 5270acre Wisconsin state park outside Dodgeville in Iowa County, Wisconsin. Named after Henry Dodge, the first governor of the Wisconsin Territory, the park contains geologic features indicative of the Driftless Area. It is located 4.1 miles north of the Central business district of the City of Dodgeville.The land is mostly oak and hickory forest with some sandstone bluff outcroppings and one named waterfall, Stephen's Falls. Common activities include boating (electric motors only), fishing, picnicking and swimming on the park's two lakes, Cox Hollow Lake and Twin Valley Lake. There is a boat launch, dam and a swimming area at each of the lakes. Away from the lakes one can find hiking trails, cross-country ski trails, mountain bike trails and horse trails. Seasonal activities include hunting in the fall and snowmobiling in the winter.
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  • Although it is a permit required state park, the winding drive from entrance to the lake itself is beautiful! Fall colors abound, and the beach at the lake is more deserted than during summer months. ...  more »
  • There is a super cool place here just across the road from the lake with a fun rock wall to climb and if you go at the right time you could attempt to ice climb here as well. I would highly recommend ...  more »
  • While in the area visiting Taliesin and House on the Rock, we decided to spend a late afternoon swimming in one of the lakes at Governor Dodge State Park. On July 4th weekend it was busy, but not unpl...  more »
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  • This is a wonderful state park. They also have backpacking campsites (a 0.5 mile hike from a parking lot) so you can camp without having RVs and neighbors right on top of you. The backpacking sites are often easily bookable too! Wood for campfires is sold right at the park as well. For a great hike, there is a 15+ mile horse trail that winds its way through the park. You'll have it mostly to yourself in my experience, and there are days I do this trail that I don't see another person. Really a great way to see some of the prettier parts of the park that are not reachable on other hiking trails.
  • I'm not sure why this place isn't busier. They have some amazing views, hiking, rock climbing, cross country skiing, ice climbing, bouldering, and more. I recommend taking the cave trail, and climbing the rocks at the top - you will get some amazing overlooks of the lakes. They do have dog friendly areas.
  • Beautiful, huge state park. Rangers are friendly yet strict about rules.( Good thing). Very clean park with flushable toilets and shower buildings. Alot to do here. There are many hiking trails, two lakes to swim, boat and fish on. Bicycling and horseback riding trails. Very enjoyable, Will be back here again
  • Always a great place to camp. Caught a 18" wally and 12" bass and threw them back. Make sure you secure your food/belongings, there are plenty of raccoons. They climbed through the car window, ate all the food in one of the vehicles, and opened the doors to exit the vehicle.
  • This is one of the best Wisconsin state parks. - A real jewel. The hiking, swimming and fishing are great. Dog friendly with their own swimming beach. The park has lots of trails for hiking or biking. Camping lots are spacious and many are secluded. I'll be going back.