Ice Park

3/1/18 Update:


With the spring temps, the conditions are frequently changing at the ice park.  Please check out the Facebook page group below for up-to-date information:

Remember: Helmets and Crampons are required within the climbing area, please review the Ice Park Rules prior to your visit.  

A Note for Guided Groups:

Guided groups require a permit and must meet the following criteria-
Insurance to meet or exceed MN Statutes Section 4.66.04
Guides must posses:
                ​Single Pitch Instructor
Wilderness First Aid
Guide to Participant Ratios: 1-6 max of 12 participants
Adhere to LNT Principles
Permits are free for non-commercial guided groups
There is a request process and fee for commercial guiding permits.
Group permit requests and questions can be sent to:

Ross Greedy
Outdoor Recreation Coordinator
[email protected]

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

Big River Climbing Guides

WSU’s Outdoor Education and Recreation Center

Ice Park Rules

The outdoor recreation world is abuzz over the new Ice Park in Winona, which cascades hundreds of feet down the bluffs to create one of the country’s premiere climbing opportunities. The wall was created through collaboration between climbing enthusiasts, the Winona State University Outdoor Recreation Center, and the City of Winona, and the free attraction is expected to draw climbers from across the Midwest and beyond.

Until now, the city of Sandstone, Minn., was the only ice climbing location for hundreds of miles in which the ice flow was manufactured by workers with a water source. There, climbers ascend the walls of a quarry, but nowhere in the region have climbers had the opportunity to scale hundreds of vertical feet of quality ice like that found on the bluffs of Winona.

Once established, officials expect the attraction to be a significant driver for winter tourism to Winona.


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