Winona Ice Park

We look forward to seeing you for the 2019-2020 climbing season!  We expect that the ice park will open mid to late December, possibly mid January (weather pending). 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!

Logistics:

● Parking is located at the Sugarloaf Trailhead on East Lake Boulevard (along the road by Edina Realty)
● 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
● Please do not build anchors over the trail
● 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.
 Facebook Groups:
 Winona Park & Recreation
 Winona Ice Park
 Midwest Ice Conditions.

Ice Park Rules:

● Crampons and helmets are required for all persons climbing
● Helmets are required for all people within the climbing area
● No unattended fixed ropes allowed
● Please be courteous and respectful to your fellow climbers
● It is suggested that all children are accompanied by an adult
● 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.)

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.

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!
Climb On-

City of Winona Park & Rec

 

 

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

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