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2023 Polar Fest Poles n Holes Fishing Derby

Don’t miss the annual Detroit Lakes Polar Fest Poles n Holes Fishing Derby on Saturday, February 11, 2023 at the northwest corner of Little Detroit Lake from noon to 3:00 p.m. Poles n Holes Fishing Derby is part of the Detroit Lakes Polar that is open to the public February 10-26, 2023. This year watch for expanded opportunities for spectators to come out and join in the fun with larger warming areas, expanded food and beverage offerings, and vendors to share their wares. More Polar Fest details.

Much of the following information is tentative and will be updated as it is available.

Event Location:
Northwest Corner of Little Detroit Lake
Poles n Holes Fishing Derby Face Book Page
Detroit Lakes Breakfast Rotary Club website
Email: icefishingdl@gmail.com


All tickets are two-hole tickets: $55 in advance, $60 on ice
Poles n Holes is sponsored by the Detroit Lakes Breakfast Rotary Club, this derby raises funds to support are a literacy, youth sports, senior citizens programs and other community and international projects. In the history of this event well over $200,000 has been raised for these worthy causes. Food and beverage service will be available on the ice. Bring your friends and family! Once again spectators will be allowed on the ice. Get Tickets Online


A prize package worth over $30,000 will be up for grabs.  Check the official event website for prize details!

Schedule of Events:

  • 9am: Gates Open
  • Noon: Fishing Begins
  • 3pm: Fishing Ends
  • 3:30pm: Awards Presented The Post Party at The Holiday Inn
  • Don’t forget about the separate raffle ticket with over $11,000 of additional prizes. Learn more about the fishing derby on our official rules page.
Detroit Lakes Polar Fest Poles n Holes Fishing Derby

A Few Key Details:

  • If our event is canceled due to COVID-19 restrictions, refunds will be given. Otherwise, refunds are not available.
  • Our event is held on the northwest corner of Little Detroit Lake. Park on/around the Kent Freeman Arena on Rossman Ave. and access the lake from there. See a map here.
  • The registration tent will be located on the ice, near that lake access. Tickets are $55 in advance, $60 the day of the event. Tickets include 2 holes.
  • All online ticket purchases will be available for pick-up on the day of the event and at will call at the registration tent. If you purchase tickets for multiple people. Tickets will be in one envelope under the name of the person who is registered for the tickets.
  • Eventbrite convenience fee is included in the ticket price.

About Polar Fest

Polar Fest is held annually in mid-February with the plunge and fireworks on the Saturday night of President’s Day weekend. Polar Fest was started in 1996 by Erika Johnson, previous owner of Lakeside Tavern. She loved winter and wanted to see some sort of celebration of winter by the lake and outside her restaurant. Coincidentally, at the same time, Ron Zeman, former board member for Develop DL, heard about people jumping into a hole in the lake to raise money for an organization. He took that idea to the Boys & Girls Club and the “Polar Fest Plunge” was born. Polar Fest continued until 2002 when lack of support left Polar Fest with only its key event — the Polar Plunge, but no other activities. In 2005, a group of crazy, winter-loving citizens came together to reinvigorate and warm up Polar Fest. Since then, Polar Fest has continued with the pinnacle event being the Polar Fest Plunge into Little Detroit Lake plus many other activities ranging from golfing on the lake to presentations by polar explorers to dances in the sand. In 2008, fireworks on the last Saturday evening were added and that has become one of the highlights of the week-long winter celebration.

Mark your calendar today so you don’t miss the next Polar Fest Ice Palace Lighting Ceremony in Detroit Lakes, Minnesota in February!

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Best Polar Fest Hotels in Detroit Lakes, Minnesota

The Lodge on Lake Detroit & The Spa Within

The only way to improve the Detroit Lakes Polar Fest, one of Minnesota’s most fun winter festivals, is to stay in one of the best Polar Fest Hotels in Detroit Lake. Whether your stay is the entire 11-day event, any of the three weekends or if you are just here for a particular event, you will find our Detroit Lakes Minnesota lake resort is the perfect setting to relax and recover from all the day’s activities. What better way to unwind after a busy winter Minnesota day than in The Lodge’s beautiful Fireside Lobby and LoLa D’s Lobby Bar & Bistro. Nestled in a lovely tree-filled setting on a private 550 foot wide sandy beach, you’ll find the latest hotel style and amenities. The Lodge is independently owned and operated by Holland Hospitality, Inc., now in its third generation of providing excellence in hospitality.

With our modern amenities and thoughtful design, we stand out among other lodging choices in Detroit Lakes, MN. For couples or family getaways, we offer a variety of rooms and suites with king, queen or two queen beds. Our free daily hot breakfast, free local calls, indoor heated pool and fitness center make the hotel a great place to recharge between enjoying Detroit Lakes attractions and activities. View hotel detail.

All rooms feature lakefront views, free Wi-Fi and wired internet, flat-screen TVs with extended channels. Rooms are equipped with mini-frige, microwaves, and coffee makers and are pet and smoke free. View accommodation detail.

Detroit Lakes Day Spa: The Spa Within at The Lodge offers an extensive menu of select spa treatment services, many of which are signature treatments exclusive to this spa. These revitalizing treatments include the use of warm and cold basalt stones for face and body, and a variety of facials and massage therapies that are sure to induce a state of deep relaxation.

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