Stephen’s Falls Spring, Dodgeville, WI

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4175 State Highway 23
Dodgeville, WI 53533
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Description

The spring emerges in the back corner of a spring house that was used for generations of farmers. Once out of the house, it continues to create the spectacular Stephens’ Falls nearby. The area gets a lot of foot traffic because of the falls and one will have to be creative in order to fill large bottles. Gov. Dodge also contains two other spring houses, but the Stephens’ Falls spring is the most accessible, clean, and active.

The park does caution in a brochure: “although it looks tempting, we advise you to refrain from sampling the water.” The other two springs aren’t tempting anyway, but you may not be able to resist the temptation at Stephens’.

Nearest Address

Governor Dodge State Park 4175 State Highway 23

Directions from Nearest Address

After entering park, continue North until you see the sign for Stephens’ Falls, it is a short walk from the road and hard to miss.

Vital Information

  • Fee: Vehicle registration $5-35 depending on state residency and time
  • Access: Public
  • Flow: Continuous
  • TDS: N/A
  • Temp: N/A
  • pH: N/A

Hours Spring is Open:

6AM-11PM

GPS:

N43° 01.692′ – W090° 07.809′

Map Link: Stephen’s Falls Spring Map

Submitted by: Eric

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  1. Eric says:

    Update: When I submitted this spring, I wasn't aware that Wilson Spring, which is very close by, is piped – I knew it was there (I could hear it), but couldn't get to it because of thorny plants, but now that it is fall, it is accessible. It's definitely worth it to visit Stephens' falls because it is a beautiful thing, and there are lots of seeping springs along the canyon, but the spring isn't piped, so I would recomend Wilson for serious bottle filling – I'll submit this soon with a picture and directions – Eric

  2. Eric says:

    Update: When I submitted this spring, I wasn't aware that Wilson Spring, which is very close by, is piped – I knew it was there (I could hear it), but couldn't get to it because of thorny plants, but now that it is fall, it is accessible. It's definitely worth it to visit Stephens' falls because it is a beautiful thing, and there are lots of seeping springs along the canyon, but the spring isn't piped, so I would recomend Wilson for serious bottle filling – I'll submit this soon with a picture and directions – Eric

  3. John says:

    I just made a visit and had plenty to drink. Anything wrong with the water?

    What a site!

  4. Badger says:

    Be careful with these two springs.  Just because it is a flowing spring does not mean it is safe or clean water; these could have high nitrate in the water.  These springs are in a low watershed (the entire Giovernor Dodge State Park is in this low area) surrounded by higher elevation farmland – both livestock and cropland.  The nitrate application to these lands is substantial.  If you understand groundwater, you’d realize the water that flows from these springs is rainwater that soaked into the ground on nearby crop or livestock fields (along with the nitrogen from fertilizer applications) that flows through subsurface soil and permeable rock.  It just happens that the water table (the “surface” of the groundwater) intersects the ground surface at the location of these springs.

    • em says:

       This is a good comment. I know some of the nearby towns have had problems with their drinking water supplies, too, including E. Coli in Mineral Point. It’s a shame that industrial agriculture has ruined water to the point it has. There are also some cool springs in Madison, but they are most definitely contaminated with the same as well as chemicals from what they salt the roads with. Apparently wild rice used to grow in the lakes in Madison, but no longer due to these chemicals. It seems the only drinkable spring water in S. WI is the one in Rock Springs. I would love to hear of any others.

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