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Detroit Lakes Minnesota Winter Sn'Ice Playground

Snow and Ice Sculptures in February 2019

King Isbit's Minnesota Sn'Ice Playground returned in February

The royal throne at the Detroit Lakes City Beach was illuminated nightly through February 18. Due to safety concerns with melting ice, the royal courtyard will be dismantled the week of February 18.

The adjacent Detroit Lakes City Park was home in February to Ice Sculptures and Snow Sculptures. 

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.