Welcome to Dodge County Parks...Your Year-Round Recreational Refuge
Dodge County operates six parks that provide a perfect escape to the scenic rural countryside to relax or take part in one of the many recreational activities available including camping, biking, hiking, horseback riding, canoeing, kayaking, boating, cross-country skiing, snowmobiling, picnicking, family and group gatherings and viewing the breathtaking beauty of Dodge County's natural landscape. The County Parks are located at various vantage points around the county providing scenery and views uniquely Dodge County.
Astico Park consists of developed and natural areas on the historic Danville Mill Pond of the Crawfish River about 3 miles east of the City of Columbus in the southwestern part of Dodge County. The park is split by the river and connected by the historic Ninabuck and Scofield Bridges. The main park entrance is just south of Hwy 60 at N3620 Hwy TT. The park features 70 river's edge and upland campsites including riverside campsites with 50 amp service available, Astico Castle Playground, a restroom/shower facility, a dump station, picnic areas and shelters, shoreline and wooded hiking trails, large open play fields and an expansive river shoreline which provides good canoeing and fishing opportunities in a scenic setting. A canoe launch and canoe/kayak rentals are available.
Derge Park is located just five minutes northwest of the City of Beaver Dam, on the west-central shore of Beaver Dam Lake. The 6,600 acre lake provides excellent fishing and is popular for sailing, speed boating, and water skiing. Besides providing access to Beaver Dam Lake with a boat launch, piers and over 500 feet of shoreline, Derge Park contains 25 campsites with 30 amp electric hookups and asphalt pads, picnic shelters, a shower/restroom building and a dump station. Derge Park is an excellent place to hold group campouts and picnics, family reunions and other group events and is an ideal location for hunters and fishermen seeking access to Beaver Dam Lake. A system of paved pathways makes Derge Park facilities handicap accessible. Derge Park is a favorite destination of those looking for a more peaceful camping experience.
Harnischfeger Park is the largest Dodge County Park. The park is located in southeastern Dodge County along the Rock River in the Town of Lebanon about one mile west of the unincorporated community of Ashippun and eight miles east of Watertown. A variety of terrain, vegetation and facilities provide park visitors with a multitude of recreational opportunities in a scenic setting. The clubhouse and two open pavilions offer excellent places to hold group functions, such as family reunions, company picnics, graduation parties and weddings. Camping is available with nine sites and a group site. Active and passive recreation abound with several miles of hiking, horseback riding and cross-country skiing trails, fishing areas, mini-golf course, disc golf course, volleyball courts, basketball court, horseshoe pits, baseball field, playground and a canoe launch with canoe and kayak rentals available. An 800 foot boardwalk provides additional shoreline fishing, wildlife and wetland viewing opportunities. The park hosts two annual family oriented events Winterfest (the 2nd Saturday in February) and Fallfest (the 1st Saturday in October).
Ledge Park lies along the Niagara Escarpment, a natural rock ledge which divides the park into upper and lower areas and provides a breathtaking overlook of the famous Horicon Marsh and surrounding countryside. The upper area is heavily wooded and offers expansive picnicking areas, a group shelter, hiking trails, 46 campsites, a restroom/shower facility, a dump station and the Fort Ledge Playground. The lower area also offers a group shelter, picnic areas, hiking trails, a wildlife pond and play equipment. Hiking trails wind along the ledge, between and over interesting and unique rock formations and through heavily wooded areas. Ledge Park is located in the north central part of Dodge County, between Horicon and Mayville, just off of Hwy TW. Ledge Park is a convenient place to stay while exploring the Horicon Marsh, the Horicon Marsh International Education Center, the Wild Goose State Trail, the Horicon Aquatic Center or the many other attractions in Dodge County.
Nitschke Mounds Park is located near the center of Dodge County adjacent to the Wild Goose State Trail and just west of the Horicon Marsh. The property contains approximately 39 preserved animal effigy, conical and linear mounds believed to have been constructed between 800 AD - 1100 AD. The mounds represent one of the best surviving examples of the Mound Builders culture that once occupied the Dodge County area. A one-mile, wood-chipped trail with interpretive signs are available around the mounds and through the park.
Wild Goose State Trail links the City of Juneau (Gateway to the Wild Goose Trail) and the City of Fond du Lac. This 34 mile compacted limestone trail on an abandoned railroad grade traverses oak woodlots, fertile farm fields, prairie remnants and sparkling streams as it runs through the rural countryside of Dodge and Fond du Lac Counties and skirts the western edge of the internationally known Horicon Marsh National Wildlife Refuge. Wildlife, scenery and level surface provide safe, easy and enjoyable biking and hiking for all ages. Parking and trail access available at the southern trail head at Hwy 60 and the northern trail head on Rolling Meadows Drive in Fond du Lac and numerous points between. County and private campgrounds are located nearby. A separate 14 mile horse trail tread runs from Hwy 60 to Pautsch Road. The trail can be opened for snowmobile and ATV/UTV use in winter. Winter trail conditions hotline: 920-386-3705.