Ice shoves along Lake Winnebago bring sightseers in to Fond du Lac

Shoves caused by high winds pushing ice into shore

FOND DU LAC, Wis -- -
Lakeside Park is packed with people Sunday for the sight now piled up along the south shore of Lake Winnebago--ice shoves, spreading across the shoreline as far as the eye can see.
 
They're huge, they're powerful, and many say they're beautiful.
 
But neighbors around here know what type of damage they can cause.
 
"This is an occurrence on Lake Winnebago, especially when you get this late in the year," says Tom Mrazek, walking with his wife along the shoreline, "and get the high winds."
 
"We heard about the ice shoves, and decided that this was the perfect place," says Gerianne Pertl, alongside her friend Barbara Schaub, both wearing snowshoes, "that we had to come here to do our snowshoeing."
 
On Sunday, scores of onlookers were flooding to the park to take pictures with the ice shoves, climb on top of them, and assess the damage to the area.
 
"Oh, and that post right over there," points Pertl. "There's a post over there--a light post--that's bent from it coming in."
 
"There's no stopping Mother Nature," adds Schaub.
 
The Fond du Lac Yacht Club is back open after having to dig out Saturday from unprecedented ice shove coverage.
 
"I mean, it will occasionally take out piers, and boathouses," says Mrazek, who lived along the east shoreline of Lake Winnebago at one point.
 
Mrazek says it's damage you just have to deal with.
 
"It's just a beautiful part of nature," says Mrazek. "Unfortunately, it does do a few things that people would maybe not want, but it's beautiful." 
 
And with ice fishing on the rocks early, a little extra tourism never hurts. 
 
Even though these ice shoves are no longer moving, they are sharp, slick, and dangerous.
 
Anyone setting out on foot to take a closer look is urged to be cautious.
 
 
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