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Detroit Lakes Minnesota Winter Sn'Ice

Snow and Ice Sculptures February 2019

Coming 2019:

King Isbit's Minnesota Sn'Ice Playground!

A committee is working on filling the Detroit Lakes City Park with Ice Sculptures done by 10 professional teams during a competition on February 9, Snow Sculptures done by local high school teams and their mentors, sledding hill and more. The park will be a flurry of activity during the week of Polar Fest and be sure to come back after dark to see everything sparkling with color-changing LED light!

Here is what we did in 2018:

Decades ago in Detroit Lakes, Minnesota, ice was harvested from Detroit Lake. In January of 2018, ice was again harvested from Little Detroit Lake to build an Ice Palace!

Harvesting of ice was completed January 11-13 on Little Detroit Lake near the Pavilion. The history of the ice harvest was on display in the Pavilion, thanks to the Becker County Museum. More interesting facts of the ice harvest are detailed in the book "Winter Harvest" by author Pippi Mayfield, which is available for purchase Tuesday-Saturday at the Museum. 

A volunteer crew and artist Hans Gilsdorf built the Ice Palace at the Detroit Lakes city beach over the days of January. Viewing of the Ice Palace near the corner of Washington Avenue and West Lake Drive was free to the public through February 22 and lit up at night through February 19. There were ice and snow sculptures and a palatial playground in the adjacent City Park. Due to warming temps, the Ice Palace had to be taken down February 23.

Get more details on the Ice Harvest and Palace at and Staying overnight, see our lodging information.