Friends of Governor Dodge - Equestrians

NEW Raffle fundraiser.....Get your tickets now!

2018 Poker Ride & Hike

 Listen to our most recent radio interview by 

 The Farm Report and Sandy Rogers.

Thank you to the Wisconsin Horse Council District 4 for the $250 donation to help fund the porta potty at the day ride parking area!

Thank you to the Wisconsin Horse Council Trails Committee for a $1,000 matching grant to help fund a rest stop with picnic table and hitching rails on the south end of the Outer Loop Trail, additional mounting blocks and improved signage! 

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Thanks to the many awesome donors, we have raised $29,404 in our "Rise to the Challenge" match campaign, which equates to $54,404!  Since June, 2018 we have raised over $137,000 of the $650,000 needed to begin construction of the new equestrian campground.  

While we still have a ways to go, we will be putting in the first vault toilet this spring.  Watch for it!  

And we have an exciting new RAFFLE fundraiser going on right now.  Check it out!  

Our Journey


  • Group formed with a goal of seeing trail improvements and a new campground at Governor Dodge State Park
  • Met with DNR many times
  • Hosted June Scavenger Hunt Fundraiser
  • Hosted August Horsin’Around Kids Camp


  • DNR provided first round of concept plans for new campground based on our “wish list”
  • Hosted June Scavenger Hunt Fundraiser
  • Hosted August Horsin’ Around Kids Camp
  • We became Equestrian Committee under Friends of Governor Dodge State Park


  • Conducted feasibility study of campground plans
  • Continued Meeting with DNR
  • Hosted June Poker Ride Fundraiser
  • Hosted August “Share the Trails” Open House/Ice Cream Social


  • Continued meeting with DNR 
  • Hired Ayres & Associates for campground plan revisions
  • Final campground plan chosen
  • Planning for major capital campaign begins! 
  • WE ARE ON OUR WAY!  See NEW CAMPGROUND tab for more info and to donate.

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Friends of Governor Dodge-Equestrians is dedicated to supporting recreation, education, and environmental stewardship at Governor Dodge State Park. We are the Equestrian Committee of the Friends of Governor Dodge State Park, a 501(c)3 organization that serves as a great resource for a great park. Located in the unique driftless area, Governor Dodge State Park is one of Wisconsin’s largest and most beautiful state parks. Our committee, organized in 2015, has been working with the DNR to complete several trail enhancements, while our ultimate goal is to see the park's master plan for a new horse campground become a reality. We have DNR approved campground plans in hand and have raised almost $100,000 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. 

Supporting Recreation, Education and Environmental Stewardship

at Governor Dodge State Park

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