It’s been said that Minnesota has the best rock climbing between Seneca and Boulder. The four main climbing areas are perpetually busy Interstate State Park, sometimes-empty Blue Mounds State Park, extensively bolted Barn Bluff, and the endlessly varied North Shore, which includes some spectacular sea cliffs at Tettegouche State Park (please respect the decades-old no-chalk/no-bolts tradition).
Climbers in state parks must get a free permit from the office before going up. The only current statewide climbing guidebook out there is the invaluable Rock Climbing Minnesota and Wisconsin by Mike Farris.
© Tim Bewer from Moon Minnesota, 3rd Edition