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Areas in The Fishin' Crag (Castle Rock South)

Amphitheater Wall 3 / 1 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 4
Bertha's Boulder 0 / 0 / 0 / 3 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 3
Bigfoot Pillar 0 / 0 / 2 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 3
North Wall 4 / 3 / 1 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 8
Rusty Ring Wall 1 / 7 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 8
South Faces 2 / 3 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 5
Wall Right of Rusty Ring Wall 0 / 4 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 5
White Trash Boulder 0 / 0 / 0 / 2 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 2
Elevation: 790 ft
GPS: 43.046, -90.522 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: JJ Schlick on Sep 16, 2006
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Description

The Fishin' Crag is a quaint little area with a crystal clear trout stream running along side it. There are a couple dozen sport lines of varying quality, and a handful of good trad climbs. Most of the original routes were established in the mid nineties when "manufacturing" was not uncommon, though some modern routes have been added in recent years. Like many of the satellite crags, this is a great place to find a project if you can, or it can be a nice getaway from the usual Wisconsin scene a few times a year.

The rock is very similar to that of the Qual Wall at Governor Dodge. Awesome in some spots and total sugar in others. As always with this type of stone, give it at least a day after rain to dry out.

Like the stream below it, over time The Fishin' Crag has carved out a little niche for itself in the history books of Wisconsin Climbing. The gentle vibe is only complimented by a sort of ancient temple feel that's hard to describe. Unique to say the least.

Getting There


Castle Rock South is located roughly equidistant and south of the towns of Boscobel and Muscoda on Hwy. Q. It is marked in the gazetteer.

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Classic Climbing Routes at The Fishin' Crag (Castle Rock South)

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 3
Runnin' With Bigfoot
TR
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 15
Buddha Bukstein Crack
Trad
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 6
Whitney's Chimney
Trad, TR
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
 20
Best Jams in Wisconsin
Trad
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 22
An Eye for an Eye
Trad
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 19
Bucky's Paradise (formerly "Unknown f…
Sport
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 24
Rusted Ring Right
Sport
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
 15
Awsome Arete
Sport
5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a
 25
Kingdom Come
Sport
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 11
Choss to Treasure
Sport
5.12- 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 6
Remedy
Sport
5.12a/b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6a
 8
Rainday
Sport
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b
 5
Arete Action
Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Runnin' With Bigfoot Bigfoot Pillar
 3
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c TR
Buddha Bukstein Crack N Wall
 15
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad
Whitney's Chimney Amphitheater Wall
 6
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad, TR
Best Jams in Wisconsin Amphitheater Wall
 20
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a Trad
An Eye for an Eye N Wall
 22
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad
Bucky's Paradise (formerly… N Wall
 19
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
Rusted Ring Right Rusty Ring Wall
 24
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport
Awsome Arete S Faces
 15
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Sport
Kingdom Come Rusty Ring Wall
 25
5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a Sport
Choss to Treasure S Faces
 11
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport
Remedy N Wall
 6
5.12- 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport
Rainday S Faces
 8
5.12a/b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6a Sport
Arete Action Rusty Ring Wall
 5
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b Sport
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JJ Schlick
Flagstaff, AZ
JJ Schlick   Flagstaff, AZ  
Hopefully there are a few souls out there with accurate info on some of the other lines here. If, for nothing else, history's sake. Sep 16, 2006
John W. Knoernschild   Wisconsin
For a bit more beta on how to get there, the crag is 8 miles Northeast of Fennimore, WI on HWY Q. Me and my buddy might try to make a trip out there this season to clean and climb. Any new routes will be listed. May 9, 2008
John W. Knoernschild   Wisconsin
I am still trying to get my buddy to go out there with me. He just sees it as another small sandstone crag, why drive so far he says..... I say because I want to check out all the rock in WI and there could be new lines to do. I think I will just get my fiance to go with me. She just started climbing and is just fine for a belay partner. Hopefully I will get out there soon. Jul 15, 2008
JJ Schlick
Flagstaff, AZ
JJ Schlick   Flagstaff, AZ  
Hey John,

If you find yourself living in Wisconsin, I agree with you that you should find every chunk of good rock to be had, do the routes that you can, and learn from the ones you can't. I remember a time in Wisconsin when any new climbing (or old new to us climbing) sent us off in search of it with a freakin fervor. Especially if we had directions to the place! Jul 16, 2008
This area can be a bit tricky to find. Park east of the first bridge you come to on Hwy Q (If coming from the east). Further west there is another bridge with a small parking area and a kiosk with a picture of "Castle Rock" with no rock in sight! Feb 15, 2010
This area deserves more attention. Where the Platteville people at? It's not too far for you guys. Some more traffic would make these good lines more appealing. Even though the lines I did the other day probably get climbed only a few times a year I didn't find them too dirty and the bolts are all still looking good.

As Remo would say "GIT ON IT!" Jun 18, 2010
John W. Knoernschild   Wisconsin
maps.google.com/maps?f=d&so…

That is exactly where it is. Just off the highway to the south of the marker. Jun 18, 2010
ChrisFrayer
Platteville, Wi
ChrisFrayer   Platteville, Wi
This place is a gem! Easy to find and some very fun climbing. Even better than the Qual wall. Oct 16, 2010
JJ Schlick
Flagstaff, AZ
JJ Schlick   Flagstaff, AZ  
Such a cool little place.
There is also a very long band of steep looking stone not too far to the west of here. Probably just bouldering, but maybe worth looking for. Jul 1, 2011
For the record I saw some big pieces of sandstone slightly east of here in between Shemak and Biba Rd. g.co/maps/6ykhe

Also some SE of here off of Snowbottom Rd. g.co/maps/xs33f
I inspected this one briefly but nothing jumped out at me.

Both sites are most likely private land but it never hurts to ask! Dec 8, 2011
Dobbe  
pdk
Janesville, WI
pdk   Janesville, WI
BE ON THE LOOKOUT: WE CONFRONTED 5 MALES VANDALIZING THE ROCK ON 09/28/14. They kicked off a large flake at very north approach. Large boulders were also dismantled near the rusted bolt wall and right of this wall. They drove away in vehicle with plate WI 663 RXX. We reported them to Grant Co. Sheriff Dept. and the DNR. I will post some pics. SO SAD AND IRRATE. PLEASE HELP US CATCH THESE VANDALS. Oct 3, 2014
pdk
Janesville, WI
pdk   Janesville, WI

Trees broken off from large rocks broken away near north entrance to crag from bridge trail. Vandal identified as Alan Pyfferoen, drives a Chevrolet CZT with plate: WI 663-RXX. BOLO! Oct 5, 2014
pdk
Janesville, WI
pdk   Janesville, WI
Vandal identified as Alan Pyfferoen, drives a Chevrolet CZT with plate: WI 663-RXX. BOLO! Large flake broken from first approach left of route Eye for an Eye.
Oct 5, 2014
pdk
Janesville, WI
pdk   Janesville, WI
Vandal identified as Alan Pyfferoen, drives a Chevrolet CZT with plate: WI 663-RXX. BOLO! Large boulders dismantled near rusty bolts wall and south. Note damaged trees.
Oct 5, 2014
pdk
Janesville, WI
pdk   Janesville, WI

Vandal identified as Alan Pyfferoen, drives a Chevrolet CZT with plate: WI 663-RXX. BOLO! More tree and rock damage near rusty bolts wall. Oct 5, 2014
Joel Allen
La Crosse, WI
Joel Allen   La Crosse, WI
I haven't been here yet, how is the rock quality? Similar to Necedah? Wondering if its worth bringing the trad rack. Nov 3, 2015
jon jugenheimer
Madison, WI
jon jugenheimer   Madison, WI  
Joel, the rock isn't quite as good as Necedah, but bring your rack! There is a really sweet 5.9 crack there that you have to get on! Its "the best jams in Wisconsin" Nov 3, 2015
Alex Zucca
Salt Lake City, UT
Alex Zucca   Salt Lake City, UT
Does anyone know anything about "Jerome's Campsite @ Castle Rock" that shows up on Google Maps right by the bridge? Aug 4, 2016
That's just an empty field Bro. Looking for a place to crash? Aug 4, 2016
Zander Esh
Madison, WI
Zander Esh   Madison, WI
Alex Zucca, that campground is owned by the farm on the hill behind it. If you drive up their driveway and they're there, it costs $5 per night. I think there's information on how to get to the farm on the sign on the gate into the campground. Apr 20, 2017
Sam Francis
Sheboygan, WI
Sam Francis   Sheboygan, WI
Fun place to climb. Only 3 maybe 4 parking spots on the road. Looked like people were camping at the campground near the crag, not sure how much they charge Sep 24, 2018

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