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Keweenaw Bay Ice Melt Contest

Guess when the Ice Melt barrel will fall through the ice of Keweenaw Bay and win some cold cash! (50% of the net ticket proceeds).

January-March 2023: Ice Melt Contest (Deadline March 20, 2023 – or sooner if ice melts).

Ice Melt is the exact time the barrel’s clock is submerged into Keweenaw Bay. The closest guess to the exact date and time determines the winner. In case of a tie, the winner will be determined by the earliest date of ticket purchase. Winning ticket receives 50% of the net ticket proceeds. In the event any unforeseen occurrence (malicious act, tampering, acts of nature, or other) makes it impossible to determine the exact time of Ice Melt, or if the barrel’s clock fails, all entries will be entered in a random drawing to determine the winning ticket. All decisions of the Ice Melt committee are final.

Proceeds support the Baraga County Chamber of Commerce.

Thank you to the Village of Baraga crew for constructing and setting up the barrel.

Here's how it works

50% of proceeds go to the closest guess.
All other guesses are entered into a random drawing for $50.

In the event there is not enough ice to put the barrel onto Keweenaw Bay – the drawing will revert to a 50/50 draw.


1 Guess
3 Guesses
7 Guesses


Purchase tickets at:

American Legion Post 144
Bella Vista
Chamber Office
Hardwood Steakhouse
Indian Country Sports
Northern Oil
Skipper’s Bar & Grill
Woodland Firearms
Wilkinson’s General Store

Online at:  bit.ly/3Hs9XTe

or scan the QR code

Contest closes:

March 20, 2023 – or sooner if ice melts.

What has happened In the past?

2023 – April 6th at 3:30

• 2022 – April 24th at 7:58
• 2021 – March 22nd at 3:21
• 2020 – March 30th at 14:27
• Is it colder this year?

Ice Melt Updates

Courtesy of Indian Country Sports


Congratulations to McCoy Ziehl who entered the closest guess as to when the barrel went down and has been declared the winner of the Keweenaw Bay Ice Melt. The official sink time is registered as April 6, 2023, 3:30 AM. Jim Goodall, is the lucky winner of $50 for being randomly chosen in the 2nd chance drawing.

This year’s Ice Melt provided much buzz and excitement, with the never before seen twists and turns of the barrel’s journey. No, it wasn’t floating! The barrel is intended to sink. It was, however, stuck to a piece of ice that refused to stay put!  These social media posts from 4/6/23 describe it well:

Time is pinpointed at 3:30 am this morning. It is estimated to have traveled 4.9 nautical miles!!! Folks, if you spot it please let us know? In case it keeps traveling. It is officially down, though!

Thank you, Indian Country Sports for the updates!

Check out how nice the ice (melt) was in 2022

2022 ice melt
Feb 17, 2023 Album

Congratulations To

Congratulations to the winner for 2023, McCoy Ziehl who won $182.50 for submitting the closest prediction of when the barrel went through the ice!