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Description

Located along the picturesque St Croix National Scenic Riverway, Interstate Park is Wisconsin’s companion to Minnesota’s Interstate State Park. Established in 1900, it is Wisconsin’s oldest state park and home to the western terminus of the Ice Age Trail. 

Interstate features an abundance of roped climbing and bouldering on billion year old basalt. The rock is highly textured in places, and smooth and almost sandstone-like in others. In contrast to the Minnesota side, there are almost no water-polished rocks and the climbing is generally more separated from the popular hiking trails. Along with the East Bluff of Devil’s Lake, it is one of two state natural areas in Wisconsin in which (roped) rock climbing is permitted. 

Camping is available within the park at two campgrounds, but because of the area’s popularity reservations can be difficult to come by. Nearby options also include the Minnesota side of the park, Straight Lake State Park, and Wild River State Park.

A daily vehicle admission or annual Wisconsin State Park sticker is required. You can also park on the Minnesota side and walk across the the US Highway 8 bridge. 

If you’d like to support the park please consider joining or making a donation to the Friends of Interstate Park

Getting There

The entrance to the park is on the west side of WI 35 about a mile south of US 8

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Classic Climbing Routes at Interstate Park

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
V2 5+ PG13
 24
Big Boy
Boulder
V3 6A
 26
Pharaoh Right
Boulder
V4 6B
 10
Men at Work
Boulder
V7 7A+
 19
Mikes Left
Boulder
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 59
Air Conditioned
Trad, TR
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 41
Cathuselum
Trad, TR
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 74
Inside Corner
Trad, TR
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 32
Indian Head
Trad, TR
5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 90
Lost Ego
Trad, TR
5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 42
Heat Wave a.k.a. Layback Crack
Trad, TR
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 74
Sentinel Crack
Trad, TR
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 42
Yosemite Crack
Trad, TR
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 20
Pine Tree, a.k.a. Picnic Face
TR
5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 50
Batman
TR
5.10c/d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
 28
Mantrap
TR
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Big Boy Cave Boulders
 24
V2 5+ PG13 Boulder
Pharaoh Right Cave Boulders
 26
V3 6A Boulder
Men at Work Potholes Trail > Saloon Wall
 10
V4 6B Boulder
Mikes Left Mike's Boulder
 19
V7 7A+ Boulder
Air Conditioned Indian Head
 59
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad, TR
Cathuselum Wisconsin Strip
 41
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad, TR
Inside Corner Wisconsin Strip
 74
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad, TR
Indian Head Indian Head
 32
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad, TR
Lost Ego Sentinel Area
 90
5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad, TR
Heat Wave a.k.a. Layback Crack Indian Head
 42
5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad, TR
Sentinel Crack Sentinel Area
 74
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad, TR
Yosemite Crack Sentinel Area
 42
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad, TR
Pine Tree, a.k.a. Picnic Face Picnic Area
 20
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a TR
Batman Wisconsin Strip
 50
5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b TR
Mantrap Indian Head
 28
5.10c/d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b TR
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