Lake of the Woods Ice Update

lake of the woods ice update

Winter has cast an icy spell on the Warroad River and Lake of the Woods, creating a picturesque landscape.


Earlier this month, the ice formation on the Warroad River and Lake of the Woods was a sight to behold—smooth and promising. Enthusiasts even took advantage of these frozen conditions, venturing out from the Point in Warroad to enjoy some sunny days of ice fishing.

However, nature is dynamic, and winter is no exception. Warm days intervened, causing a partial thaw. The once smooth skating surface along the river became a testament to the unpredictable nature of winter weather.

As if that weren’t enough, the recent weather rollercoaster took a more dramatic turn. Rainfall and heavy snowfall descended upon the already delicate ice, creating a delicate balance between beauty and fragility. 

The combined forces of rain, snow, and wind proved to be formidable adversaries for the ice. Notably, the wind played a particularly disruptive role, causing the ice to pile up in unpredictable formations. 

As we continue to make hard ice, it’s essential for everyone to exercise caution. The seemingly solid ice may hide vulnerabilities beneath its surface. No adventure on frozen waters is without risk, and being mindful of the conditions is key.

Stay safe, check with your local guide or resort for the most current ice conditions, and may ice fishing on Lake of the Woods be in your future.

2024 Springsteel Resort & Warroad Chamber Fishing Derby

Once again this year, thousands of dollars in prizes will be awarded at the annual Ice Fishing Derby at Springsteel Resort on Lake of the Woods in Warroad, MN on February 17, 2024.

The largest walleye takes home $1,000. Largest northern and largest perch $500. Largest burbot $200. First prize $10,000 cash. Second prize $3,000 and so much more.

Tickets are available at local Warroad businesses for $20 each. Unfortunately, we are not offering online sales or mail-in orders this year. Tickets are available the day of the derby.

Book your room and spend a weekend with us! Invite your friends to the event via Facebook by clicking here.

Riverbend Skate Path Update

Riverbend Skate Path

Get ready for another exhilarating year at the Riverbend Skating Path!

With Hockey Day MN 2024 set to take center stage in Warroad, anticipation is building for an influx of skaters ready to hit the ice.

Warroad Community Partners takes pride in providing this skating oasis not only for the locals but also for the tourists seeking a taste of the frozen magic. The effort doesn’t stop there — donations and volunteers play a crucial role in maintaining the path, ensuring it remains a vibrant and accessible space for all to enjoy.

As we await the cold embrace of winter, our eyes are fixed on the weather forecast, which predicts warmer temperatures towards the end of the week. The collective hope is Mother Nature will soon lend her chilly touch, allowing the transformation of the river into a canvas of frozen fun.

Once the ice is ready, the real work begins. The excitement to lace up our skates is mirrored in the dedication of the many volunteers who invest countless hours to craft something truly special for the community and its visitors.

To stay in the loop and get the most up-to-date news on the Riverbend Skating Path, be sure to follow their Facebook page at

Lace-up and skate Warroad!

Photo credit: Riverbend Skate Path Facebook Page