Governor Dodge State Park, Dodgeville

#15 of 106 in Nature in Wisconsin
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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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  • We researched this place and really wanted to visit over the summer, but were unable to get a day pass. We are returning to the area very soon and hoping to be able to do this at one of the kiosks...  more »
  • We spent a few hours hiking various trails and driving around the park. We started on the lost canyon path but took a few detours to explore the goldmine trail and then the meadow view trail. We...  more »
  • Oh Man where do I start? This Park is beyond AWESOME! First of all there are two nice lakes, Cox Hollow Lake and Twin Valley Lake! They are Beautiful Lakes pretty clear! They are man made and also they are No Wake! That means that boats can not go fast so as a swimmer I love that!! The beaches are gorgeous and super soft sand! Second The campsites are awesome and huge! They feel very homey except if you sleep in a tent the Gravel is not really that comfortable. But other than that Nice huge fire pits! Finally This park also has really awesome concessions stands at Cox Hollow Lake! The food is Awesome yummy!! ~ Lakegirl Crystal
  • Its amazing here! I have been here years after years, and never been disappointed. What makes this place great is the amount of beautiful hiking trails. The beach is also nice, however there are not many things to do while in the water. Every year it rains for us, but thats just the normal when ever you visit. If camping, this place is much easier to take kids (though still a challenge) the campsites are not near any busy roads. I had a great experience.

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