At a recent retired librarians luncheon someone mentioned the ice sculptures along the Rush River. I had never heard of them but did an internet search when I returned home. I found it described on the Ripple in Stillwater Blog. According to the blog it is the creation of Roger Nelson of Ellsworth. He is a plumber by trade. He started creating the ice sculptures about a dozen years ago and had continued to do it every year.
More ice sculptures can be found on my website.
He has artesian wells flowing from porous rock formations. He taps into the wells with underground pipes which run to a couple of dozen locations throughout the property. He then attaches the pipes to PVC pipes that rise up out of the ground. Holes drilled into the pipes create the ice formations. On some of the photos you can see the water squirting out of the formation.
We found the sculptures by driving a mile north of Maiden Rock Wisconsin. we turned right on County Road A and drove about 4.7 miles. The sculptures are on your right near Nelson’s “hunting shack”. There is a small parking area and a place for donations. I would suggest you bring ice grippers if you plan on walking around.