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Iced Out: Eagle River Fire Department not building castle due to lack of ice, safetySubmitted: 01/12/2019
Iced Out: Eagle River Fire Department not building castle due to lack of ice, safety
Lane Kimble
Lane Kimble
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lkimble@wjfw.com

EAGLE RIVER - One of the more spectacular wintertime attractions will not appear in the Northwoods this year.

The Eagle River Ice Castle is a no-go due to the weather conditions.  The fire department typcially cuts thousands of approximately 60-pound blocks of ice out of Silver Lake each year to make the castle.

Eagle River Fire Chief Michael Anderson told Air 12's Dan Dumas on Friday there's not enough ice on the lake, nor is the lake safe enough to bring equipment onto.

In 2018, the fire department started building the castle Jan. 4.  The castle stayed up until Feb. 13.


The castle only lasted one week in 2017 due to warm weather.

Its most-recent home has been in the parking lot near the Eagle River Depot Museum, but the history of the ice castle goes back to 1933. Builders took a break from making the castle during World War II and beyond until 1948, according to the Eagle River Area Chamber of Commerce.

Despite not seeing the castle in-person this year, you can look at last year's castle via this link.


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