EAGLE RIVER, Wis. (WAOW) -- Officials with the Eagle River Area Chamber of Commerce and Visitor's Center tell News 9 that the highly anticipated 'Ice Castle' will not be built this year.
Weather and lake conditions are to blame for the castle not going up for the second year in a row.
"Unfortunately, thanks to mother nature, we are going to be unable to put the ice castle in place," said Kim Emerson, executive director of the Eagle River Area Chamber of Commerce and Visitor's Center. "We do not have enough ice at this time. We need anywhere from 12-14 inches of solid, good hard ice. At this point, Silver Lake is only giving us about 6-8 inches of ice. There's also pockets of water and slush in some areas."
Emerson said the sculpture usually brings in around 30,000 to 40,000 people, which adds a great boost to the local economy.
"If they're from out of area, usually two hours away, they are probably most likely going to stay overnight, which means they're going to have lodging," Emerson said. "They're going to have meals, they're most likely going to need to buy gas to go out and about in the area and to get back to where they've come from."
Emerson said not having the 'Ice Castle' this year will hopefully attract tourist to other attractions that the city has to offer like snowmobiling. Eagle River is the snowmobile capital of the world, so instead of a castle the city was able to make a large snowmobile out of ice.
The snowmobile ice sculpture is located on Silver Lake.