Winona Ice Park

High above the Mississippi, just northwest of the iconic Sugar Loaf, lies one of Winona’s newest parks. It’s not the normal green space that we’re used to seeing for a city park, but instead a veil of ice flowing down from atop the bluff. Using the stone walls of an old quarry and hundreds of feet of hose, which slowly shower water down the cliff, the Winona Ice Park is one of just a few of its kind in the nation.

The Winona Ice Park is a premier ice climbing destination due to its location within the city of Winona, trail accessibility, and the quality of ice. This free attraction is not only for climbers, though, many hikers and snowshoers have been enjoying the trail up to the park and watching the climbers in action.

Logistics

  • Access the park by hiking the Sugarloaf Trail to the saddle then take the trail to the right (look for signs)
  • Access to both the base and the top is from the same trail- there is no access from the top of the bluff to the Ice Park- please do not park up top
  • Know before you go- check the City website and/or Facebook to be sure the Park is open- we will periodically close for maintenance or to farm more ice. For your safety do not enter the park if it is closed as we could be clearing loose ice or debris.
  • Parking is located at the Sugarloaf Trailhead on East Lake Boulevard (along the road by Edina Realty)
  • Please do not build anchors over the trail

Facebook Groups

  • Midwest Ice Conditions
  • Winona Ice Park
  • Winona Park and Recreation

Ice Park Rules

  • Crampons and helmets are required for all persons climbing
  • Helmets are required for all people within the climbing area
  • It is suggested that all children are accompanied by an adult
  • No unattended fixed ropes allowed
  • Please be courteous and respectful to your fellow climbers
  • Please do not cause unnecessary impact to the climbing area
  • Practice “Leave No Trace” principles while on public land - pick up trash, do not damage the rock, etc.)

Outfitters

The City does not offer guiding or equipment for the Ice Park, however, there are local outfitters that may fulfill your needs.

Adjacent Lands

A big thank you to the adjacent landowners and volunteers who support this project and make it possible. This resource is a privilege, let’s all work together to ensure access continues for years to come. Please be respectful of other visitors, adjacent private property, and the environment. Now let’s get into some details so you can get here and check it out!

We look forward to seeing you at the park or in town enjoying a post climb appetizer at one of our local establishments - stay safe and have fun!

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