Governor Dodge State Park and Pine Cliff State Natural Area
This 5,000-acre state park offers upland fields and prairies, hardwood forest, two man-made lakes and sandstone bluffs. The Pine Cliff State Natural Area within the park contains all three species of pine native to the state - red, white and jack. Good hiking trails take you from woodlands to open field and around the lake, making it possible to see many species of birds and wildlife. In the mature oak woods and savannas look for warblers, nuthatches and woodpeckers. Grasslands and prairie restorations harbor sparrows of all kinds. In shrubby areas, look for vireos, orioles, and warblers. The lakes attract migrating waterfowl. Adjacent marshes should be checked for Green Herons, American Bitterns and Sora Rails.
Directions: Located 3 miles north of Dodgeville on Hwy 23.
Gazetteer: Page 34, D-2 (prior to 10th edition). | Page 84, F-2 (10th edition).
Phone: 608/935-2315 (Governor Dodge State Park).
Signature Species: Clay-colored Sparrow, Henslow’s Sparrow and Yellowbreasted Chat.
Rare Species: Cerulean Warbler, Winter Wren, Louisiana Waterthrush and Bell’s Vireo.
Parking: Parking lots.
Nearest food & lodging: Dodgeville.
Fees: Park fees apply.