Detroit Lakes Ice Harvest & Ice Palace


Jan 11, 2018 to Feb 19, 2018
11:00 AM until 05:00 PM


The 2018 Ice Harvest will occur on Little Detroit Lake, on the public beach near the Pavilion on January 11 and 12. The “first block” Ice Cutting Ceremony will be held at 11:00am on January 11.

Construction of an Ice Palace will take place between the harvest date and February 8. The Opening Party and Grand Lighting of the Ice Palace is scheduled for February 8 at 7pm. The Ice Palace will be available for public viewing at no charge through February 19.

The palace is expected to be 24 feet tall, 30 feet wide by 60 feet deep. Each 2-foot by 4-foot block of ice weighs around 500 pounds. About 1500 blocks will be needed to complete the palace. Detroit Lakes has some of the best and most beautiful ice in the world and we look forward to seeing it sparkling in lights as a palace!




free and open to the public


View map Detroit Lakes Public Beach
1361 Washington Avenue
Detroit Lakes, MN

Additional Information



Contact name

Carmen McCullough

Contact email

We make every effort to ensure the accuracy of this information. However, you should always call ahead to confirm dates, times, location, and other information.