Massive ice climbing park coming to Duluth

ice climber in the quarry

An ice climber scaling part of the wall in the quarry, soon to be a sanctioned destination for outdoor adventurers. // Photo via Duluth Climbers Coalition

Duluth is creating a new 30-acre park at the site of a quarry in west Duluth, and its main attraction is a 1,000-foot-long, 100-foot-high cliff for ice climbing, reports the Star Tribune.

For decades, access uncertainties have prevented Casket Quarry from being developed to its full potential as a recreational venue, says Duluth Climbers Coalition. In 2014, the coalition submitted a proposal to the City of Duluth for developing the quarry into a West Duluth Climbing Park. “This proposal is part of a comprehensive slate of exciting outdoor recreation projects (hiking, biking, XC skiing, etc.) seeking funding through Duluth’s ½ and ½ tax—revenue specifically allocated for creating and enhancing recreational opportunities in the St. Louis River corridor,” the coalition reports.


The proposed Quarry Park (boundary outlined in yellow) // Image via Duluth Climbers Coalition

Early this year, the Duluth City Council voted unanimously to support all the river corridor recreation projects, including the proposed climbing park.

The park, in the Cody neighborhood next to Brewer Park, is part of the city’s efforts to revitalize the St. Louis River corridor. Officials expect it to open this winter season for climbing and future enhancements are also planned.

Read more about the initiative here and here.

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