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Astico - Derge - Harnischfeger - Ledge

Advanced Reservations ($5/Reservation Fee - Nonrefundable)
{Tutorial for Online Reservations}
Campsite and Shelter reservations may be made online up to one year in advance and as late as seven (7) days BEFORE the date of occupancy. After selecting dates online, sites can be viewed by "Map" view or "List" (grid) view. Reservations may also be made by calling the Parks Central Office in Juneau at (920) 386-3700 x1. (For reservations within seven (7) days of occupancy, you will be required to contact the Parks Central Office.)  Phone reservations are taken as late as Thursday 4:00 pm for the upcoming weekend.  Any changes to existing reservations, please contact the Parks Central Office in Juneau  at (920) 386-3701 x1. Group Sites and the Harnischfeger Clubhouse reservations must contact the Parks Central Office in Juneau at (920) 386-3700 x1.  The person making the reservation shall ensure compliance with State Statutes, County Ordinances and Park regulations by all of their guests and is responsible for the clean-up and care of their campsite and/or shelter.  WINTER CAMPING - November 1st to March 31

Drive-In/Self Registration
All campers without advanced reservations must self-register at the park.  Persons making reservation shall be named the responsible party for the clean up and care of their campsite.
Astico and Ledge Parks: Check the registration board at the park office for available sites and self-register as follows below:
Derge and Harnischfeger Parks: Drive through and check which campsites are available in the park.  Sites are marked with dated yellow camping permit cards.  Return to the park office (shower building at Derge Park) and self-register as follows below:  

  1. Fill out a self-registration envelope located at the registration areas at the parks and put your payment (cash/check only) in the envelope and deposit in the drop box.
  2. Fill out the yellow camping permit card and post the card at the chosen site.  Do not set up on any campsite before paying.

Check-In/Check-Out
Campsite Check In and Check Out is 1:00 pm.

Cancellations
Cancellations must  be made by calling the Parks Central Office at  920-386-3700 x1.  NO REFUND  is given when cancellation is less than seven (7) days in advance.  For campsites, a full refund less the reservation fee will be provided IF a reservation is cancelled seven (7) or more days in advance. For shelters, a 50% refund of the shelter fee less the reservation fee will be provided by check if a shelter reservation is cancelled seven (7) or more days in advance.

Firewood Ban
Firewood (including wood/kindling/pallets) is NOT permitted  to be brought into any Dodge County Park between May 1st to September 30th. The firewood ban is waived from October 1st to April 30th.  Firewood is available to purchase at the parks. Pre-made bundles of firewood are available near the park office or wood lot areas on a self-registration basis. Fill out the self-registration envelope and put your payment (cash/check) in the envelope and deposit in the drop box. Fires are allowed in fire rings and grills only. Do not burn garbage, plastic, glass, cans or other recyclable items. Live or standing trees shall not be cut, chopped or otherwise damaged or removed. 

Hours/Quiet Time
The parks are open from 7:00 am to 8:30 pm. Only registered campers are permitted in the park after 8:30 pm.  Quiet time begins at  10:00 pm. Be considerate of others.  Camping units need to be set up or taken down before 10:00 pm and after 6:00 am so as not to disturb other campers. Shelter hours are from 10:00 am until 8:30 pm (including clean up and vacating).  Loud, violent, abusive, obscene or otherwise disorderly conduct will not be tolerated.

 


 

General Information and Rules

Bicycling
Bicycling is limited to the park roads.  Bikes are not permitted on the trails in the parks.

Campsite Occupancy
A maximum of six (6) people per campsite.

Camping Season
Normal Camping Season - April 1 through October 31
Off-Season Camping (Winter) - November 1 through March 31

Canoes/Kayaks
Canoe/kayak launch areas are available at Astico, Derge and Harnischfeger Parks.  Canoes and kayaks rentals are available at Astico and Harnischfeger Parks on first come/first served basis.  No advanced reservations are taken.

Check-In/Check-Out
Campsite Check In and Check Out is 1:00 pm.

Credit Cards
Dodge County Parks accept MasterCard, Discover or Visa.  The card may be used as debit or credit.  

Dump Station
Dump stations are located at Astico, Derge, Harnischfeger and Ledge Parks.  Registered campers can dump at these parks for free.  Non-registered campers pay a fee ($10/per dump) using a self-registration envelope.  

Dumpsters
Park dumpsters and garbage containers are for the convenience of park users to dispose of garbage generated in the park.  Dumpsters are not for the convenience of dumping private household garbage.  It is illegal to dump trash in parks that is not generated in the parks.  A citation for illegal dumping may be given.  Dumpsters are either removed or locked during winter months.

Entrance Fee
Entrance fee is not required.

Extra Tent 
Additional tents may be allowed on an individual campsite provided there is sufficient area available and there are no more than six (6) people camping on the site.  There will be no additional charge for the first extra tent.  A $15 per tent fee will be charged for subsequent extra tents.

Fees (Includes Sale Tax)
Campsites: Electric - $24/night; Non-electric - $20/night (No Vehicle or Entrance Fee Required.)
Reservations: Advanced/Online - $5 (Non-refundable); Drive-In - No Reservation Fee
Shelters: Electric - $50; Non-electric - $25; Quonset (Derge Park) - $60; Clubhouse (Harnischfeger Park) - Varies
Additional Fees: Park Fees

Firewood Ban
Firewood (including wood/kindling/pallets) is NOT permitted  to be brought into any Dodge County Park between May 1st to September 30th. The firewood ban is waived from October 1st to April 30th.  Firewood is available to purchase at the parks. Pre-made bundles of firewood are available near the park office or wood lot areas on a self-registration basis. Fill out the self-registration envelope and put your payment (cash/check) in the envelope and deposit in the drop box. Fires are allowed in fire rings and grills only. Do not burn garbage, plastic, glass, cans or other recyclable items. Live or standing trees shall not be cut, chopped or otherwise damaged or removed. 

Fireworks
Fireworks, including sparklers, are not allowed in any of the Dodge County Parks.         

Fishing
Fishing is allowed in public fishing areas.  Fishing is allowed from campsites ONLY when the site has been reserved.

Garbage
Garbage containers are available for garbage that has been produced during use in the park.  Containers are not for the convenience of dumping private household garbage. 

Generators
Generators are prohibited in the parks.

Glass in Park
No glass beer bottles are allowed in the park.  Paper or plastic containers or aluminum cans are permitted.

Golf Carts
Golf carts are prohibited on any park or trail UNLESS a permit has been issued by the Land Resources and Parks Department.

Grocery/Store
Parks do not have any type of store or grocery items - no ice available.

Hours
The parks are open from 7:00 am to 8:30 pm. Only registered campers are permitted in the park after 8:30 pm.  Quiet time begins at  10:00 pm. Be considerate of others.  Camping units need to be set up or taken down before 10 pm and after 6 am so as not to disturb other campers. Shelter hours are from 10:00 am until 8:30 pm (including clean up and vacating).  Loud, violent, abusive, obscene or otherwise disorderly conduct will not be tolerated.


Hunting
Possessing or having control of any firearm or airgun as defined in § 939.22, Wis. Stats. is prohibited unless it is unloaded and enclosed in a carrying case or unless the possessor has a concealed carry license. Carrying a bow is prohibited unless it is unstrung or enclosed in a carrying case. Hunting, discharging or causing the discharge of any fireworks, missile from any firearm, sling shot, bow and arrow, air rifle, paintball gun, or any other weapon, within, from, into or across the boundaries of any park is prohibited.

Length of Stay
Camping is limited to a 14-day period unless approved by the Parks Supervisor.  Campers may not leave camping unit unoccupied for more than 48 consecutive hours.

Memorial Day/Labor Day Weekends
There is a three (3) night minimum for Memorial Day and Labor Day weekends.  Fourth of July is not included.

Minors Camping 
Campers under 18 years of age must be under the supervision of a parent or guardian or must have written consent from that parent or guardian.

Motorized Vehicles
Motorized vehicles, if street legal, may be used on park roadways, not on bike or walking paths.  Motorized vehicles must be parked on proper drives or designated parking areas. Vehicles are prohibited on GREEN AREAS.  No vehicle stickers are required in Dodge County Parks.

Noise
Using any sound amplification device, loudspeaker, generator or other device that produces excessive, loud or unusual noises, except for park-sponsored events or unless with prior Department approval are prohibited.

Payment
Accepted payment at the parks is cash or check only, no credit cards.  Credit/Debit cards are accepted for online and advanced reservations.

Pets
Pets must be leashed at all times (maximum leash length - eight (8) feet), may not be left unattended, and must be cleaned up after.

Picnicking
Picnicking permitted only in designated areas.  Campsites may not be used as picnic areas.  Shelters may be used for picnicking on a first-come, first-served basis, if not already reserved.

Quiet Time
The parks are open from 7:00 am to 8:30 pm. Only registered campers are permitted in the park after 8:30 pm.  Quiet time begins at  10:00 pm. Be considerate of others.  Camping units need to be set up or taken down before 10 pm and after 6 am so as not to disturb other campers. Shelter hours are from 10:00 am until 8:30 pm (including clean up and vacating).  Loud, violent, abusive, obscene or otherwise disorderly conduct will not be tolerated.

Recycling/Refuse
Dodge County Parks recycle. Please do your part to place recyclables and trash in the proper containers.

Reservation Fee
Advanced reservations require 
a $5 reservation fee.  The fee is non-refundable.

Smoking
Smoking is prohibited in any enclosed building, including pit toilets and portable toilets, in the Dodge County Parks.

Speed Limit Signs
Please observe all speed limits for park user's and visitor's safety.

Swimming
Dodge County Parks do not have any swimming areas.  Due to safety concerns, Dodge County does not recommend swimming in any areas.

Water
Two types of water are located by each dump station - Drinking Water (potable) and Flushing Water.  Water from artesian wells are safe for drinking.

Weapons
Possessing or having control of any firearm or airgun as defined in § 939.22, Wis. Stats. is prohibited, unless it is unloaded and enclosed in a carrying case or unless the possessor has a concealed carry license. Carrying a bow is prohibited unless it is unstrung or enclosed in a carrying case. Hunting, discharging or causing the discharge of any fireworks, missile from any firearm, sling shot, bow and arrow, air rifle, paintball gun, or any other weapon, within, from, into or across the boundaries of any park is prohibited. Possessing or bringing a firearm inside park buildings which are posted with signs that provide notice that firearms are not allowed in the building is prohibited.

Winter Camping
Astico Park - Winter camping is permitted on a self-registration basis at Sites 1 to 13 ONLY.
Derge Park - Winter camping is permitted on a self-registration basis at all sites.
Harnischfeger Park - Winter camping is permitted on a self-registration basis at all sites.
Ledge Park - CLOSED - No winter camping.

Camping is allowed only when sites are accessible (no snow).  It will be camper’s responsibility to not get snowed in or get pulled/plowed out if it snows while they are camping.  Road plowing will not be done for campsites or campsite roads.  The electricity is turned off and shower/restroom buildings, dump stations, and sites with water hook-ups are shut off and drained normally in early November through March 31st.  Vault toilets are available.  Campers are encouraged to bring their own drinking water; however, water is available from the hand pump well at Derge and the artesian wells at Astico (hiking to them – no road access).  Dumpsters are either removed or locked so they are not available over winter.  All garbage must be taken out of the park.  All parks will remain open for day use through the winter.  No reservations are taken through the office or online for dates between November 1st to March 31st.  Campers will use self-registration envelopes to pay.  Campers must provide their own firewood.

Chapter 19 - Parks and Recreation - Dodge County Code of Ordinances

If you have additional questions, please contact the Parks Central Office at:
(920) 386-3700 x1 or Email