One of most well kept State Parks in the Midwest. With well marked hiking trails, a beautiful campground, and sand beaches, next to both lakes, it’s easy to see why Governor Dodge is such a popular destination.
The park has nearly 40 miles of hiking, spread out on 10 different trails. Many of them are open to cross-country skiing, mountain biking, horseback riding, and snowmobiling. To make it easier, many of the trails are looping, leading you right back to where you started.
One of the most popular trails is the Stephens’ Falls Trail, this is a 0.5-mile picturesque trail that takes hikers past Stephens’ Falls, rock outcroppings and lush ferns as you walk beside a refreshing stream. There is a scenic overlook along a paved trail above the falls. Stone steps and uneven terrain take you down to the falls and trail below. Parking for this trail is along the road near the trailhead.
Among the highlights at Governor Dodge State Park, are the two lakes. Cox Hollow Lake and Twin Valley Lake. Swimming beaches are located on both lakes. With shower houses located nearby. The beaches are open from 6am to 11pm.
The lakes also serve as a great location for fishing, with a population of Panfish, Bass, and Walleye found within.
There is a concession stand located near the beach on Cox Hollow Lake. The stand has canoe, kayak, and boat rentals. As well as a nice selection of camping gear, gifts, clothing and food. The concessions is operated by the Dodgeville Kiwanis Club, and is open daily Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day. For more information, call the concession stand at 608-935-7501
Like most Wisconsin State Parks, Governor Dodge is an excellent location for camping, with well over 250 campsites available during the summer months and several more open year round.
Governor Dodge State Parks is one of the most amazing parks I have been to, and is a perfect place to enjoy a summer day.
The park is located at 4175 State Highway 23 N Dodgeville, WI. More information can be found by clicking here.