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Quincy and at least parts of rattlesnake are state natural areas and thus closes to climbing. Please respect the ban.


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.

Climbing Season

Weather station 9.6 miles from here

15 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',1],['2 Stars',7],['1 Star',6],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Owens Rock

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Owens Rock:
Good Afternoon George Bailey   5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     TR, 40'   Main Face
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Rock Climbing Photo: 5.10 on right side of TV in tree. Slings on top sh...

5.10 5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b  Wisconsin : Central Sandstone : ... : The Dark Side
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Arel climbing "Butt Cheeks" to the right...
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Rock Climbing Photo: from the corner
from the corner
Rock Climbing Photo: Owens Main Face
Owens Main Face

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By Michael Van Dyke
From: Madison, WI
Jul 14, 2010
County Road W and D never cross. D crosses County road G and hwy 13 heading west. Which road is Owens Rock on?
By Peter Arndt
Jul 21, 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.
By pdk
From: Janesville, WI
Sep 8, 2014
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.
By Stephen H
From: Central WI
Apr 28, 2015
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.
By pdk
From: Janesville, WI
Jul 19, 2015
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.
By pdk
From: Janesville, WI
Jul 23, 2015
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.
By pdk
From: Janesville, WI
Aug 9, 2015
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!
By Doorbluff
From: Stevens Point, WI
Aug 24, 2016
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.

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