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Governor Dodge State Park, Dodgeville

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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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  • Beautiful area, well marked hiking trails with a good variety of distances, and great beaches (one for humans and one for dogs!) along Cox Hollow lake. The Cox Hollow campground was nicely wooded... 
    Beautiful area, well marked hiking trails with a good variety of distances, and great beaches (one for humans and one for dogs!) along Cox Hollow lake. The Cox Hollow campground was nicely wooded...  more »
  • Lots of beautiful valleys, rock formations and wild flowers. Campsite was basic and no view but low in mosquitos end of July. Bathhouse was gross! Worms! Lakes are nice but not near to sites 
    Lots of beautiful valleys, rock formations and wild flowers. Campsite was basic and no view but low in mosquitos end of July. Bathhouse was gross! Worms! Lakes are nice but not near to sites  more »
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  • Just spent only a couple of hours in this park, on the way back home, so we were just able to check out Stephens' Falls, which is a 5 minute walk from parking lot to the falls. Nice little waterfall. Will visit again in the summer to check out the beach and hike some of the interesting trails.
  • Great park! Huge! Great facilities and very nice campsites. Lots of trails but many have quite steep hills and this can be exhausting. Stephens Falls is a big attraction. Make sure to check out the Spring House. It was very crowded this weekend but it’s the height of the season so you can’t complain about the numbers. The large groups of families who may or may not live in manufactured homes are a shock but everyone gets to enjoy the parks and I’ll just be nice. Close enough to all kinds of attractions that you can visit on rainy days. House on the Rock is just 4 minutes up the road. Lots of good produce along the roads I’ll be back but definitely during the week and maybe earlier or later in the season.

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