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Detroit Lakes Minnesota Ice Harvest and Palace Festival

January and February 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.