Governor Dodge State Park includes stretches of beautiful shoreline along with a variety of other recreational opportunities. During the summer, you can take a dip in the water, giving you a chance to escape the rising temperatures. There are also two pet swim areas in the park, so you can make sure your dog can enjoy a swim too. If you prefer to stay on dry land, then head to one of the area's hiking trails. You can wander through the trees while observing the local wildlife. For an additional fee, you can also bring a horse or mountain bike and hit areas that are designed just for your enjoyment.
In the nearby Cox Hollow beach area, from Memorial Day to Labor Day, the Dodgeville Kiwanis Club runs a concession stand. Not only can you purchase food and drinks, but you may also rent canoes and boats or buy souvenirs to commemorate your visit. Picnic tables and shelters dot the park. This gives you plenty of places to enjoy a quick meal, whether you purchase it at the concession stand or bring your own.
Fishing is also permitted in the waters at Governor Dodge State Park. Hunting is also allowed, though only during the proper season and in designated areas. However, you do need a license to fish or hunt.
For those who want to enjoy Governor Dodge State Park for more than a day, campsites are available for rent. The campground features flush toilets and shower buildings, making it easy to have a comfortable stay. If you bring your dog to Governor Dodge State Park, they must be on an 8-foot (or shorter) leash at all times. This ensures they stay under your control, allowing you to steer them away from other visitors and prevent them from interacting with the wildlife.
You also need to make sure you can pick up any pet waste during your visit. The area has trash receptacles scattered throughout, so there is always a place to rid yourself of the waste.