Guided Trips & Training

Devils Lake offers the best rock climbing in Wisconsin and the Midwest!

Top-Rope Rock Climbing

Top-Rope Rock Climbing

Bring a date, your family, or a few friends to try rock climbing outdoors on the gorgeous bluffs of Devils Lake State Park. 



Going down? Sliding down a rope is a great way to get there. Great for aspiring adventure racers, canyoneers, or window washers. 



Devils Lake rock climbing is a perfect way for Scouts, students, Meetup groups and corporate colleagues to bond and have fun.

Climb, Camp & Canoe

Climb, Camp & Canoe

Looking for a great adventure weekend? Combine Wisconsin River paddling with Devils Lake rock climbing for an awesome escape.

Anchor Setting

Anchor Setting

Learn to place gear and build your own top-rope anchors so you can climb outdoors safely and confidently on your own. 

Climbing Guide Certification

Climbing Guide Certification

Professional-level training for guides, physical education teachers, camp counselors and organizational risk managers. 

Visiting Devils Lake

There is SO much to see and do in the Baraboo region

Explore a Climbing Day

There's so much that can happen on a Devils Lake climbing day.
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On the Blog

Info on rock climbing, Devils Lake, and more.

Hiring Lead Rock Climbing Guides for 2014 Season

Hiring Lead Rock Climbing Guides for 2014 Season

Two months into 2014, it's clear we will need an additional lead guide this year to meet client demand. If you or someone you know is an experienced climbing guide looking for rewarding work with a small group of education-driven guides, we'd lov...Read More »
5 Good Reasons to Visit Natural Bridge State Park

5 Good Reasons to Visit Natural Bridge State Park

Natural Bridge State Park is a near neighbor to Devil's Lake, about 30 minutes west via SR 12 and Highway C, between Leland and Denzer. Established in 1973, Natural Bridge State Park is a 530-acre hardwood forest protecting a geologic anomaly: a huge, sandstone "bridge" spared by the last glacier.Read More »
6-Step Guide to Rappelling with an Autoblock Backup

6-Step Guide to Rappelling with an Autoblock Backup

When I guided canyoneering trips in Zion, I gained a LOT of experience teaching people how to rappel. During most seasons, I taught and/or observed about 2,000 rappels each year. Seeing that many rappels provided extensive insight into common problem...Read More »

About DLCG

Devils Lake Climbing Guides is a small, local guide service committed to offering quality climbing days on the quartzite bluffs and crags of Devils Lake State Park. We welcome beginners, youngsters, oldsters, rusty climbers, and long-time rock jocks to join us for the amazing experience rock climbing can be. You don't have to be a good climber to have a lot of fun rock climbing.

I started Devils Lake Climbing Guides because I love climbing, teaching, and spending quality time with people outside. I get a huge kick out of opening up the world of Wisconsin rock climbing to couples, families, friends, and co-workers who have dreamed about scaling vertical walls, but may be intimidated by the "extreme" veneer of the climbing world. While climbing CAN be scary and extreme, the style of climbing we do at Devils Lake is low-risk, friendly, and a lot of fun. If you like being outside, using your body, and trying new things, you will probably really enjoy a rock climbing day.

Meeting brand new people and trusting them with your safety is a big deal - we know that. So we do everything we can to earn your trust and help you feel taken care of during your time with us. At the same time, we want to help you have an authentic climbing experience where you learn a lot and gain real climbing skills you can use down the line. We'll help you learn the belaying, climbing, and communications skills climbers use all over the globe. Once you get a taste of the climbing world, we bet you'll come back for more!

"Nick is not only a great guide, but his teaching style is one of the best I've experienced."

Frank Lin

"Nick will make sure you're safe, comfortable, and challenged if you want to be. My two days with Nick motivated me to make climbing a large part of my every-day life. He's a class act."

Mike Hoadley

"Nick accomodated our complicated schedule, focused on the major themes of climbing safely, tailored his instruction to our learning styles and attention spans, and made the day a very enjoyable experience. He exceeded my expectations as a professional and an educator."

Michael Medich

Meet Our Team

Top-notch climbing guides who take you higher!


Head Guide

Founder, teacher, photographer, webmaster, receptionist, snacker.


Lead Guide

Over a decade in experiential education and leadership training.


Assistant Guide

Dry humor and climbing passion. Hold the vegetables, please.


Assistant Guide

Humble Wyoming attitude with great Midwestern heart.

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If you're ready to go climbing, Devils Lake Climbing Guides is ready to make it happen. We run Devils Lake climbing trips and courses seven days a week, weather permitting, April through November. If the daily high is at least 50F, then it's warm enough to go rock climbing in Wisconsin!

Devils Lake Climbing Guides
2018 Jenifer Street; Madison, WI 53704