The Best Midwestern Bouldering: Devil’s Lake State Park, Wisconsin

I live in Minneapolis and have begun to take up rock climbing. Where do you think are the best places to go bouldering in the Midwest?

Jun 19, 2012
Outside Magazine

Devil's Lake    Photo: Maria J. Aleman/Flickr


The glacier that carved Devil’s Lake out of the Baraboo Hills in southern Wisconsin also left some quality climbing along the remaining quartzite bluffs, not to mention a treasure trove of excellent boulders. The lake and area surrounding it are protected by a giant, and popular, state park, which provides developed camping spots. Grades range from V0 up to the double digits, with the highest concentrations of problems located along the park's East and West Bluffs.

STAY: At the Willowood Inn motor lodge, whose rooms are decorated with themes like "Gone Fishin'," and "Americana Apple." Rates start at $58.

Filed To: Adventure Adviser
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