Most People Don’t Know This Small Town Wisconsin Ice Castle Even Exists

A few weeks ago, we told you about an ice castle coming to Wisconsin for the first time. But up in Eagle River, they’ve been building an ice castle using ice mined from nearby Silver Lake for almost 90 years.

The castle’s timing is always a bit fluid and dependent on weather and ice conditions, but they usually hope to have it up by the first weekend after New Year’s Eve. The castle is a bit later this season, but the blocks were all cut and harvested this week.

All photos are courtesy of the Eagle River Chamber of Commerce Facebook Page. Make sure you check over there for live videos of excavation and construction.

No one knows what the new design will be or what innovations might be added this year. Colored lights were added to enhance the magic a few years ago, but there’s always room for new and interesting changes to this tradition.

The castle usually remains standing into mid-February, when whatever hasn’t already melted is dismantled.

For more information about the Eagle River Ice Castle and it’s history, make sure to check out this page from the Eagle River Chamber of Commerce.