Governor Dodge State Park RV & Campground Guide

Wisconsin

Governor Dodge State Park

, named after Henry Dodge, the first governor of the Wisconsin Territory, is one of the largest parks in the state. With 5,350 acres of land, visitors can view and enjoy steep hills, bluffs, deep valleys and two lakes, plus a waterfall. The park is located in the scenic Driftless Hills area and there are plenty of nature activities to enjoy, including camping, picnicking, canoeing, fishing, biking, hiking, off-road biking, horseback riding and even cross-country skiing. If you’re considering Governor Dodge State Park for your next camping trip, or are just interested in what makes it unique, read on!

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Weather
Spring 40s-60s F
Summer 60s-80s F
Fall 40s-70s F
Winter 10s-30s F
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Nearby Cities
Ridgeway, WI
Edmund, WI
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RV Resorts & Campsites in Governor Dodge State Park

Not sure you want to camp in an uncomfortable tent under the stars? Sounds like a glamping trip in an RV is more your speed! When choosing an RV for your camping trip, you’ll have a private bathroom, a kitchen for making your own meals or snacks and best of all, a comfortable bed to enjoy each night. If you’re considering an RV, think about renting one from RVshare.com. It’s simple and easy to find the perfect RV that meets not just your budget, but all your needs. All rentals come with nationwide insurance and 24/7 roadside assistance, plus access to a helpful support team to make the selection process a breeze.

After selecting your perfect RV, it’s time to find a perfect spot to park it while enjoying the state park! Governor Dodge State Park offers 269 campsites across two campgrounds, right on site within the park. Electrical hookups are available at 80 sites, and there are also backpack, winter and horse campsites as well. There are various facilities and services within each campground. For more information, click here. Sites may fill up quickly, but there are some local campgrounds in the area worth checking out. These include:

Tom’s Campground

Set on 55 acres in rural Wisconsin, Tom’s Campground is located just 20 minutes from the state park, and is nestled into a hillside with beautiful views of the pasture and a trout stream. The quiet, beautiful campground offers plenty of solitude but also many fun amenities. Keep in mind that campsites are reserved on a first-come, first served basis, and camping season is from mid-April to November, weather dependent. Rates begin at $30 a night.   

Water hookup: yes

Electrical hookup: yes

Sewer hookup: no

Wifi: yes

Pet-friendly: yes

Other amenities: campfire rings, showers and flush toilets, pit toilet and dump station, snack area  

Hideaway Campground

Hideaway Campground is located just 15 minutes from the state park and is nestled against hundreds of acres of another park, Point Beach State Forest. The campground is five minutes from the historic downtown area and just minutes from several bicycle and hiking trails. It’s also located nearby a restaurant/pub on the south side of the campground, making the location a great one! There’s plenty to do both inside the campground and out of it. Rates begin at $37 a night.

Water hookup: yes

Electrical hookup: yes

Sewer hookup: yes

Wifi: yes

Pet-friendly: yes

Other amenities: fire rings, picnic tables, bathroom/shower facility, play area, firewood and ice for sale

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What to Do at
Governor Dodge State Park

Inside Governor Dodge State Park

With two lakes, nearly 40 miles of trails and a huge variety of wildlife, there is so much to do and see inside Governor Dodge State Park. There is truly something for everyone to enjoy at the park. Here are some of the different options:

Water Activities – With two lakes located inside Governor Dodge State Park, there is plenty of water fun to enjoy! Swimming beaches are located on both lakes, open from 6am – 11pm. There are bathhouses available for restroom facilities, changing and more.  

If boating, kayaking and canoeing is more your speed, there are rentals available Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day in addition to the spring and fall at the Cox Hollow Beach concession stand. There are launch ramps on both lakes, and electric motors only are permitted.

Anglers can also try their luck with fishing on both lakes, fishing for bass, walleye, muskie and panfish. Fishing licenses are required.  

Trails – There are 10 trails within the Governor Dodge State Park covering nearly 40 miles and visitors can enjoy hiking, running, mountain biking, horseback riding, snowmobiling and cross-country skiing. Trail difficulty ranges, so there is a trail for every activity and fitness level. There are also 22 miles of bridle trails for horseback riding.

Wildlife Viewing – From tiny muskrats to large white-tailed deer, Governor Dodge State Park is home to a wide variety of wildlife, including wild turkeys, ruffed grouse, red and grey fox, beaver, woodchucks, red-tailed hawks, turkey vultures and more than 150 species of birds! Hit the trails or stop to relax along open fields and wood edges to try to catch some of the wildlife in action.

Outside Governor Dodge State Park

The area surrounding Governor Dodge State Park is rich in history! Once you’re done enjoying all the park has to offer, venture into the local community and experience the unique culture and history in the area. Here are some of the best local attractions to experience:

Restaurants

Whether you want to try some local craft beers or just grab a pizza and relax by the fire ring at your campsite, there are plenty of options in the area. Here are some of the local restaurants worth checking out:  

Duke’s Brew Pub and Ale House

A great place to kick back, enjoy some local beers and delicious food, Duke’s Brew Pub and Ale House is only minutes from the state park. Enjoy rotating taps of Wisconsin craft beers, plus domestic taps and bottles from across the country. The menu features classic dishes like wings, burgers, sandwiches, appetizers and more! 

Type: American

Location: Dodgeville, WI

Port Sandy Bay

Enjoy a local casual favorite – Port Sandy Bay pizza! Located just on the outskirts of the state park, Port Sandy Bay has pizza, appetizers, salads, sandwiches and a kid’s menu. Enjoy a family meal at the restaurant or get some takeout to bring back to your campsite – either way, you’re sure to love it! 

Type: Pizza

Location: Two Rivers, WI

Bob’s Bitchin’ BBQ

Like the name suggests, Bob’s Bitchin’ BBQ is serving up classic American BBQ dishes, plus comfort food, craft beers and 8 homemade hot sauces, so there’s something for everyone in your group! If you’re not a huge BBQ fan, there are plenty of other dishes to enjoy, including salads, sandwiches, soups, appetizers and more.

Type: Classic American BBQ

Location: Dodgeville, WI

Sightseeing

Dodge Mining Camp Cabin

Just minutes from the state park, part of the Iowa County Historical Society is the Dodge Mining Camp Cabin. Built in 1827, the cabin is designated Iowa County’s oldest building and offers a glimpse into the early mining community in the area. The building is open by appointment only.

Location: Dodgeville, WI

Mineral Point

Located within the Driftless Hills is the small town of Mineral Point, which is home to historic architecture, sites and more. Visitors can enjoy visiting over 2 dozen artist galleries and studios, shops, plenty of restaurants and much more. Spend an afternoon or evening browsing the stores or enjoying a meal with family and friends. There’s tons to do and see in Mineral Point!

Location: Mineral Point, WI

Taliesin

Frank Lloyd Wright enthusiasts will want to make sure they schedule a visit to Taliesin! Once the principal resident of Wright, it was the home, studio, school and 800-acre estate to the famed architect. Today, Taliesin is designated as a National Historic Landmark and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and includes buildings from nearly every decade of Wright’s career from the 1890s to the 1950s. There are tours, programs and much more to enjoy. 

Location: Spring Green, WI

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How to Get to
Governor Dodge State Park

Governor Dodge State Park is located on State Highway 23 N in Dodgeville, WI. It is accessible from State Highway 18. For more information and directions, click here.  

Entering Governor Dodge State Park

Entering Governor Dodge State Park does require an admission fee, per vehicle. There are also annual vehicle admission stickers available for purchase.       

Wisconsin residents : $8

Non-residents : $22

Whether you’re doing some wintertime cross country skiing or kayaking in one of the lakes at Governor Dodge State Park, you’re sure to have a wonderful time getting away. And we want to hear all about it! Shoot us a photo and some details of your trip at [email protected], or tag us in your social media posts. We may just feature your story on our blog or social media channels. Happy camping!