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Camping

Governor Dodge State Park

You'll find sites for a variety of camping styles at Governor Dodge State Park. All campsites at the park are reservable and reservations are required. 

Reservations

Reserve a campsite online.

Regular (family) campsites

Governor Dodge has 269 campsites in Twin Valley and Cox Hollow campgrounds. Electrical hookups are available at 80 sites.

Group campsites

There are eight campsites that can accommodate groups of 15 to 40 persons per site in the Hickory Ridge Group Camp. Only tents are allowed. Each group site has a large tent area, picnic tables, a large fire ring and a set of pit toilets. Drinking water is available at the shower building located near group site B and across from the backpack sites parking lot near group sites E, F, G and H.

Backpack campsites

There are six backpack campsites near the Hickory Ridge. All sites are about 0.5 miles from the parking lot. Water and pit toilets are near the parking lot.  

Horse campsites

The park has 11 regular campsites and 2 small group sites for horse campers in the Trails End Horse Camp. No electricity is available. The horse campground and horse trails are open May 1 to Nov. 15. Fees are the same as for regular sites.

Tether poles are provided at each campsite. Please bring your own tethering ropes, as none are available at the park. Please contact the park office for information about the use of fencing or other types of restraining devices.

Camping facilities and services

Limited supplies are available at the Cox Hollow Beach concession stand from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day. Other needs can be supplied year-round by businesses in Dodgeville, three miles south of the park.

There are showers in the Twin Valley and Cox Hollow restroom buildings. Both campgrounds have trailer dumping stations.

Please help us recycle your park generated waste! Recycling centers and refuse containers are at Cox Hollow beach concession, the two family campgrounds and the Group Camp area.

Winter camping

More than 30 campsites in the Twin Valley campground are available for winter campers. A few of these sites are plowed. Electricity, pit toilets, picnic tables and fire rings are provided. Winter water is available at the park office. If camping is not your style, you may want to spend a day at the park and then head back at night to seek the comforts of one of the local motels.

Accessible campsites

Campsites #16 and #55 in the Cox Hollow campground and sites 241 and 355 in the Twin Valley campground are reservable for visitors with disabilities. Both sites have electricity and paved driveways. The toilet buildings in these areas have separate toilet/shower facilities for campers with disabilities. Ask at the office for a key to the facilities. Access is also provided to several playground components in both family campground play areas.

Group campsite "E" in the Hickory Ridge group campground has a paved path to the campsite and toilet facilities.

Firewood

Firewood is for sale at the park office.

Don't move firewood! Due to the potential of carrying harmful tree pests and diseases, Wisconsin has restrictions for moving firewood. 

Firewood facts, rules and advice