CHIPPEWA FALLS, Wis. (WEAU) -- "There's nothing to do in this town." It’s a phrase you’ll undoubtedly hear in small towns. But a group of friends in Chippewa Falls is defying the odds and proves a little creativity, hard work and imagination can make all the difference.
If you walk out onto Lake Wissota, you’ll see it’s not just a flat surface of ice.
There’s a large ice fort, not too far from the shoreline.
“We built this ice fort, castle I guess you could call it,” said Ty Krajewski who started the whole project. He grew up at his parent’s home along the lake. “We started cutting lines in the ice, then you score it and then I pulled the chunks out with what’s called a rogue, basically a logger’s tool. You pull them out, then we cut them into smaller blocks and then we started stacking.”
Two days and 200 blocks later, a masterpiece was formed.
“My dad came down and talked about how to engineer it. We started stacking and here we are,” said Krajewski.
But it’s not just about building an ice fort. It’s about a lifestyle or the “lake life.”
“A lot of us all grew up out here, born and raised, always looking for new things to do,” said Levi Hunt who’s grandparents used to own a small resort on Lake Wissota. “I was always helping them with the resort. All my friends and family would come up from all over the place.”
And it’s not just the winter this group of friends hangs out on the lake.
“When you're bored and there's nothing to do, you go out on the lake. You hop on the boat, you do a set, you wakeboard, you hit it hard, you do some surfing, we ice skate, we fly a kite, we built this massive ice igloo thing. We're just looking for things to do to keep us out of trouble and that are fun,” said Krajewski.
Hunt said the ever-changing seasons and activities is a reason why the Midwest and all of Wisconsin is the best. People, creating you’re their own fun in a town where kids claim “there's nothing to do.”
“A lot of kids now days are wrapped up in their technology, their iPhones and iPads and stuff like that,” said Krajewski. “I never got involved in it because there’s always something to do out on the lake.”
“Lake Wissota has so much to offer, not just that, Wisconsin does,” said Hunt.