Breathtakingly Beautiful River Ice Sculptures Are Just 80 Minutes From Faribault!
With kids beginning to return back into the classroom, you might be looking for some trips that you can make with your family on the weekends, without committing to a full-blown vacation. How about taking a trip just across the border to Wisconsin to check out the river ice sculptures on the Rush River?
The Rush River Ice Sculptures Facebook page has been showing off the 'freeform' ice creations of Roger Nelson just across the border in Maiden Rock, Wisconsin.
Nelson's Facebook page states that the sculptures are "tucked in a valley beside the winding Rush River in Maiden Rock, Wisconsin, Roger Nelson’s ice formations sit overtop an artesian aquifer. Over 2 dozen towering freeform frozen structures stand on a 420-acre farmstead."
According to some comments from the page itself, and others that have visited, the site is open at night when the lights are on, and there is a donation box when you enter the property for those who wish to leave a donation to Nelson for his efforts.
The ice sculptures are made through the process of water running from hoses and the expelled water then freezing like giant horizontal and diagonal icicles. The forms are constantly evolving and growing as long as the water is running and the temps stay below freezing.
What makes these sculptures unique/quirky is the fact that they are then lit with colored lights to give off a different appearance than the typical white you would see with formed ice.
I have sent a message to the ice sculpture page for more information for people who choose to venture out to see the sculptures, what the process is for parking, and if there are rules to coming out to see the sculptures.
For anyone going out to see the sculptures should remember that they are going to private property, and should respect the wishes of the owner, and not trespass if the sculpture area isn't open.
You can learn more about the sculptures/ask questions to the page by heading to its social media page here.