Winona State University Outdoor Education and Recreation Center

Are you interested in learning new skills, meeting new people and getting outside? The Outdoor Education and Recreation Center (OERC) is the place for you! Whether it’s rock climbing, canoeing, kayaking, camping or backpacking, The OERC can help you learn the requisite skills or provide equipment needed for your next adventure.

We are here to serve the greater Winona State community by offering trips, clinics, trainings and equipment rentals to promote the development of lifetime outdoor skills, learn about safety and proper technique, gain an appreciation and concern for our natural environment and have a great time!

Climbing Center

The Climbing Center at Winona State University is one of the largest university climbing walls in the Midwest.

The Climbing Center Features

  • Nearly 6000 square feet of climbing surface
  • 32 top ropes
  • Two bouldering walls up to 14ft tall
  • Belay ledge
  • Traditional climbing anchor practice wall

This climbing facility is sure to meet the needs of all participants, both recreational and academic.

Call for open climb hours.

Open to All

The Climbing Center is open to everyone and can be reserved for special events, such as:

  • Birthday parties
  • Club activities
  • Professional development and corporate team building programs


351 Lafayette St. Winona, MN 55987