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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 14, 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.

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Purchase tickets at:

American Legion Post 144
Northern Oil
Hardwood Steakhouse
Indian Country Sports
Skipper’s Bar & Grill
Chamber Office

Contest closes:

March 14, 2023 – or sooner if ice melts.

What has happened In the past?

• 2022 – April 24th at 7:58:XX
• 2021 – March 22nd at 3:21:24
• 2020 – March 30th at 14:27:10
• Is it colder this year?

Ice Melt Updates

Courtesy of Indian Country Sports


Head of the Bay has 10″ of ice, Pump House area 7-10″ and 7″ at the Marina. Whitefish and Lake Trout are good catches this week. The Splake are there and looking NICE. Chochos are beginning to run and you will find some Browns by the Marina and smelt are beginning to run at the Falls River. When picking up your bait, you can always ask the helpful crew at Indian County Sports about fishing and ice conditions.


Fishermen are reporting great catches and plenty of ice. Just outside the marina you have 1 1/2 feet of ice. You will have 18 inches further down the Bay. Reports for ice thickness by the Pump House is about 10 inches.
Happy Fishing!

Thank you, Indian Country Sports for the updates!

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

2022 Video
2022 Album

Congratulations To

Kristin Kahler!

She won $350 for submitting the closest prediction of when the barrel went through the ice!