Elevation: 1,048 ft
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Small boulder in the middle a potato patch central Wisconsin. Bolts along the top of the is high ball boulder makes top rope set-ups quick and easy. few short trad climbs, and a couple harder routes makes this a great practice area for a green climber.

Getting There

From interstate 39 outside of Coloma, head west on HWY. 73, then continue on CR D. Then South on W. You should see the tree covered backside of the rock from the crossroads. Park in the lot in the back not in front.

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5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Good Afternoon George Bailey
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Good Afternoon George Bailey Main Face
5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b TR
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Michael Van Dyke
Madison, WI
Michael Van Dyke   Madison, WI
County Road W and D never cross. D crosses County road G and hwy 13 heading west. Which road is Owens Rock on? Jul 14, 2010
I've not visited Owen's Rock but it is clearly marked on the updated Delorme's "Atlas and Gazetteer of Wisconsin". Take 73 west from I39 near Plainfield (not Coloma). Look for CR D (as 73 runs right into it). About two miles on CR D make a left (south) on CR W. Owens Rock looks to be about a half mile down the road.

The map shows that CR D does indeed intersect with CR W. The intersection is WEST of CR G. Jul 21, 2010
Janesville, WI
pdk   Janesville, WI
09/06/2014-Visited boulder for first time; found the main face routes very enjoyable. Tread with care; chossy is prevalent. Mosquitos carried us half way up routes........There is poison ivy set back in taller grass line on main face side. Also, all the previously mentioned top bolts have been removed; only holes and chopped ends remain. Sep 8, 2014
Stephen H
Central WI
Stephen H   Central WI
I viisited Owens Rock today and I can confirm that all the bolts, but one, have been removed. Does anyone know who did this or why?

I've climbed here off and on over the last 5 years and the bolts made this area very accessible to new climbers with limited gear--great for these 5.5 to 5.7 climbs. Today I still climbed two of the climbs but since there are no trees or boulders to sling these setups require trad gear and a reasonable amount of knowledge on how to place it etc. If anyone wants to re-bolt the area I would be willing to help and contribute to the cost.

Also, on my visit today I found a chalk bag that was left behind--probably recently. If it is yours message me. Apr 28, 2015
Janesville, WI
pdk   Janesville, WI
Stephen.......I share your sediments (type of rock here) about placing bolts at Owens. I want to do more research on who owns the property and what restrictions may be in place. I hate to lose this excellent beginners training area just because of a few bolts. If we can get by the legal stuff I surely would fund some time, efforts, and costs on the project. Jul 19, 2015
Janesville, WI
pdk   Janesville, WI
A fatality occurred here on 07/18/2015. 26 yr old tried to jump from top to first ledge and misjudged the size of the ledge and his momentum. This area may be closed; I will be in area in sept./oct. to give updates. Jul 23, 2015
Janesville, WI
pdk   Janesville, WI
Visited area today 08/08/2015. Removed three bags of garbage and a television set that was discarded from the top of the rock. WTF are people thinking? Glass everywhere! Rock is really being tagged with paint......won't be surprised if DNR closes area! Let's not lose this little gem! Aug 9, 2015
Stevens Point, WI
Doorbluff   Stevens Point, WI
Hi all,

I can also confirm that bolts have been chopped here as of 08/20/2016. There is still one bolt left towards the top of the two harder routes by Dark Side.

I ended up just enjoying the view with my son and doing a bit of bouldering at the bottom. We also picked up a whole large bag of trash, and that was just scratching the surface. The place is definitely a trash pit since my last time out there in 2008. What a bummer. Aug 24, 2016
jon jugenheimer
Madison, WI
jon jugenheimer   Madison, WI  
All of the anchor bolts have been replaced with wave bolts and the old bolt holes have been patched. Owens Rock is good to go again. Climb on May 4, 2018