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Description

Overview
Climbing, as we most commonly view it, can be traced back to Devils Lake as early as the 1920’s. However, it wasn’t until decades later when bouldering made its appearance at The Lake. Since then, it has continued to grow within the park. Climbers like John Gill, Eric Zschiesche, and members of the Devils Lake Fukness Association (DLFA) made early contributions to the scene. However, it wasn’t until the mid-2000’s that a group of Madison area locals, many that still frequent the quartzite boulders, began frequenting The Lake that the bouldering potential began to explode.

As climbing continues to grow in popularity, bouldering at Devils Lake is alive more than ever. Now, with arguably over 1,000 recognized problems, the Lake holds a lifetime of bouldering alone. Even more exciting is that new problems are regularly being added to an already seemingly long list.

An awesome short film by Louder Than 11 titled The Good Land - Bouldering At Devils Lake is just one of the many videos out there that give a sense of the amazing bouldering The Lake has to offer.

Guidebooks
  1. Devils Lake Bouldering by Ian Cotter-Brown: A comprehensive guide to bouldering at Devils Lake, including over 900 problems. 
  2. Midwest Bouldering Guidebook by Peter Bonamici (and others): 500+ pages including information on bouldering at The Lake, as well as other popular Wisconsin and Minnesota crags. 
  3. Git On It! By Eric Zscheische:Once the only reference for bouldering at Devils Lake, now a piece a climbing lore that has been reprinted with Eric’s kind permission for all to enjoy.  A slightly different version also appeared as a Rock & Ice mini-guide.
  4. Bouldering On The West Bluff At Devils Lake by Brian Runnells: A mini guide of sorts, this document written by the Climbing Narc himself holds its weight.  

Equipment
The Wisconsin Climbers Association (WCA) rents crash pads out of Madison for $10.00/day to members, or $15.00/day to non-members. For more information, email the WCA at wiscoclimber@gmail.com.

Admission
Devils Lake is part of of the Wisconsin State Park System, requiring the usual admission fees. Daily or annual vehicle stickers can be purchased at various offices or kiosks throughout the park.  

Other
For more information relevant to climbing at Devils Lake State Park, including location/directions, additional guidebooks, accommodations, etc, visit the Devils Lake Climbing page.

Getting There

See the directions under each specific area.

An overview of Devils Lake Bouldering Areas

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Classic Climbing Routes at Devil's Lake Bouldering

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
V-easy 3
 73
Trust Fund Slab
Boulder
V0 4
 66
Stairway
Boulder
V0 4
 80
Super Slab
Boulder
V1 5
 56
Tall Boy
Boulder
V1 5
 68
Imp Act
Boulder
V1 5
 77
Classic Warm Up
Boulder
V2 5+
 113
Big Bud Arete
Boulder
V3 6A
 60
Flying Mancuso
Boulder
V3 6A
 91
Slope of Dadaism
Boulder
V4 6B
 94
The Flatiron
Boulder
V4 6B
 49
Sunny & 60's
Boulder
V4 6B
 66
P.Stachio
Boulder
V4 6B
 71
Baby Crane
Boulder
V6 7A
 56
Starfish
Boulder
V6 7A
 48
Jenga
Boulder
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Trust Fund Slab W Bluff > W Bluff South > 08. Hogleg/Anchorpoint
 73
V-easy 3 Boulder
Stairway S Bluff > 03. The Reserve > Reserve
 66
V0 4 Boulder
Super Slab W Bluff > W Bluff Central > Super Slab Area
 80
V0 4 Boulder
Tall Boy S Bluff > 03. The Reserve > Reserve
 56
V1 5 Boulder
Imp Act E Bluff > … > 3. Greatest Show > Greatest Bluff
 68
V1 5 Boulder
Classic Warm Up Burma Rd
 77
V1 5 Boulder
Big Bud Arete E Bluff > … > 1. N Shore > 3. Big Bud
 113
V2 5+ Boulder
Flying Mancuso S Bluff > 03. The Reserve > Reserve
 60
V3 6A Boulder
Slope of Dadaism E Bluff > … > 6. Monolith Ridge > 1. E of Trail Boulders
 91
V3 6A Boulder
The Flatiron E Bluff > … > 07. E of CCC (G… > 4. Flatiron
 94
V4 6B Boulder
Sunny & 60's E Bluff > … > 2. E Bluff N Talus > Sunny & 60s
 49
V4 6B Boulder
P.Stachio W Bluff > W Bluff Central > Stache (aka Dog Walk)…
 66
V4 6B Boulder
Baby Crane Burma Rd
 71
V4 6B Boulder
Starfish S Bluff > 03. The Reserve > Reserve
 56
V6 7A Boulder
Jenga W Bluff > W Bluff Central > Jenga
 48
V6 7A Boulder
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