Coming February 2019:
King Isbit's Minnesota Sn'Ice Playground!
Planning a visit is a must when the Detroit Lakes City Park will be filled with Ice Sculptures done by 10 professional teams during a competition on February 9. Look for Snow Sculptures done by local high school teams and their mentors, a sledding hill and more. The park will be a flurry of activity during the week of Polar Fest. Be sure to come back after dark to see everything sparkling with color-changing LED lights!
In 2018, people from many areas of the country were wowed by the Ice Harvest and Palace Festival.
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. Facts of the ice harvest were detailed in the book "Winter Harvest" by author Pippi Mayfield.
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.
For more details on the Ice Harvest and Palace see https://www.iceharvestdl.com/ and http://polarfestdl.com/iceharvest. Staying overnight? See our lodging information.