​​Friends of Governor Dodge - Equestrians


​Shovels in the Ground in 2021

The next phase of the eagerly anticipated new equestrian campground at Governor Dodge State Park could be coming as soon as 2021! Phase I (new entrance road, kiosk, fountain, and vault toilet) was completed in 2019 at a cost of $80,000.  Now, the Friends of Governor Dodge and the DNR have agreed on a Phase II plan to build the campground road and 10-12 campsites as soon as 2021! Construction of the final 8-10 sites and the second vault toilet will occur as Phase III, with a target construction date of 2022. In the meantime, the Phase II sites will offer a dramatically improved equestrian camping experience that can be enjoyed by hundreds each season while fundraising continues for Phase III.

So what’s next? The Friends “re-imagined” fundraiser (generating nearly $12,000) and a $45,000 grant award from the federal Recreational Trails Program means that $100,000 is needed to reach the Phase II fundraising goal.  And now, an AMAZING $50,000 CHALLENGE GRANT by an anonymous donor puts the project just $50,000 away from “shovels in the ground” in 2021! WOW!  But to make this dream a reality, the Friends will need the help of horse lovers and park supporters like YOU from all across Wisconsin.

The Friends are expanding last year’s 100 Extraordinary Women campaign, in which 51 people gave or pledged $1,000 in their own name or to honor an extraordinary woman in their life, to 100 Extraordinary Friends.  Celebrate or memorialize an extraordinary friend, family member, group, or even a cherished animal companion by giving $1,000 in their name to the 100 Extraordinary Friends campaign. They will be permanently honored with a personalized brick at the new campground. Please take advantage of this opportunity if you can. Donations in any amount to the campground fund are greatly appreciated. Help meet the $50,000 challenge match to “Get Phase II Done in ‘21”.  

The drawing above shows the general layout but is subject to minor changes.