Governor Dodge State Park Camping With Dogs (WI)

Governor Dodge State Park

Having two dogs means that we are always making our plans with them in mind.  When we found beautiful Governor Dodge State Park within 100 miles of our house, that is known for being dog friendly and having beautiful scenery, we had to check it out.

Lily napping after a long morning enjoying camping.


Governor Dodge State Park is a 5,270-acre state park near Dodgeville, Wisconsin.  It is approximately 48 miles West of Madison, WI.

Sites and Amenities

Governor Dodge State Park has a total of 221 reserve-able campsites, along with 55 walk up sites.  About 1/3 of these sites have electricity.  Twin Valley and Cox Hollow are the two large campgrounds inside this state park.  There is also an 11 site horse campground.

Multiple flush toilets and shower houses are located throughout the campground areas, along with a few pit toilets for the winter campers.

If your tanks are full, there is no need to worry, because there is a dump station at each of the two campgrounds.

Governor Dodge State Park is a very dog friendly place, so feel free to bring you’re furry friends along!  There is a pet swim area next to the Cox Hollow swimming beach.

If the kids need to run and play, you can swing by one of the very nice playgrounds here at Governor Dodge State Park.

Hiking is a very popular activity here, and I can see why.  There are around 40 miles of hiking trails!  Including one that we did, Stephens Falls, which is a short downhill hike to a beautiful waterfall!

As an added bonus, dogs are allowed on all of the hiking trails in the park!


Making a reservation is very easy.  Just follow this link to Reserve America’s website, and pick your date and campsite.

Our Experience

After a scenic drive, we showed up to Governor Dodge State Park on May 4th, 2018.  We have camped here in the past, so we knew that we were in for a great weekend.

Our campsite was number 247, which is a very large site.  It is fairly private, and once the trees have leaves on them, it is even more private.

While there, we cooked several meals over the fire with our very handy grilling tripod and cast iron skillet, which ended up being very delicious.

We also spent some time at the beach, and we even got a chance to hike to the beautiful Stephens Falls!


Governor Dodge State Park is a beautiful park in southern Wisconsin.  It is extremely family friendly and dog friendly.  There are so many beautiful hiking trails, I think we could spend 2 weeks here and never get sick of it.  We highly recommend Governor Dodge State Park to anyone looking for a fun time camping, and we will definitely be back!

-Kyle G.






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