Governor Dodge State Park is located just north of Dodgeville in the unique Driftless Area of southwestern Wisconsin. The Friends of Governor Dodge State Park is a 501(c)3 charitable organization whose mission is to support recreation, education and environmental stewardship at the park. As the equestrian committee of the Friends, we serve as a great resource for both horse enthusiasts and the park.
Since forming in 2015, our committee has completed many trail enhancements including new trail location signage, a rest stop/picnic area on the long Driftless Trail, and a new vault toilet "comfort stop" at the trailhead adjoining the future campground. We have presented annual Share the Trails educational programs and have hosted community events.
Our major goal is to see the park’s master plan for a new equestrian campground become a reality. We have DNR approved plans in hand and have raised over $482,000 since our campaign began in mid-2018. We encourage everyone to get involved. Together we can make a difference now and well into the future.
Friends of Governor Dodge - Equestrians
***** Special Announcements *****
100EW: Launch of New Fundraising Campaign!
100 Extraordinary Women is a national organization that empowers women to join together to support causes they believe in and create a bigger impact than they could on their own. Through this online giving campaign 100 Extraordinary Women donate or pledge $1,000 to the Friends of Governor Dodge - Equestrian capital campaign. Your gift can be a one time donation or pledges can be made over 5 years.
$16.67/month or $200/year or one time gift of $1,000
100 donations = $100,000
Men can donate in honor or in memory of a woman who is important to them. Women can form groups and give a gift together, e.g., family members, sisters, bowling teams, books clubs. These extraordinary women will receive special, permanent recognition at the future equestrian campground at Governor Dodge State Park.
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Thank you to the WI Horse Council for awarding the 2019 Special Achievement Award to us at the Midwest Horse Fair!
Trails Open Saturday, May 1, 2021 and the weather forecast looks great!! Here are some tips if you are planning to go......
Construction Advisory: The long-awaited equestrian campground is now under construction next to the day ride parking and trailhead! The Driftless Trail leading north-east from the trailhead has been permanently re-routed around the new campground. For your safety, please stay on the re-routed trail. DO NOT enter the construction zone either on foot or horseback! Please be patient-there will be plenty of opportunities to view the campground when work is complete. For details on the campground project, check out the kiosk at the day ride trailhead. If you like what you see...donations to help complete the project can be placed in the yellow Iron Ranger at the site, or made online.
Overflow Trailer parking: Overflow trailer parking is available just a short way from the regular day ride area. The large grassy field in front of the Twin Valley picnic shelter can safely and easily hold many rigs. (It's the trailer parking area used for Equestrian committee fundraisers in past years) To reach the overflow parking, continue straight ahead on the park road passing the turn to the day ride trailhead. You will pass a section of Twin Valley Lake on your right and then go up a hill. Near the top of the hill, the overflow parking will be ON YOUR RIGHT. A mowed path leads to the horse trail. Please do not ride horses to the nearby restrooms or picnic shelter! Your cooperation is vital in keeping this overflow area available for equestrian use.
Construction of the new equestrian campground has begun! Funds are still needed to equip the sites with picnic tables, firerings, highlines for the horses, etc. Fundraising and grant writing continue, but at last we are seeing tangible progress!. Your donations are needed more than ever and are, as always, much appreciated. We are BUILDING FOR THE FUTURE AT GOVERNOR DODGE STATE PARK!
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