Teal Lake Melt Down HeadframeThe Teal Lake Melt-Down is a contest to select the exact day and time the replica mine shaft head-frame structure drops through the ice of Teal Lake in Negaunee, Michigan, signaling the arrival of spring! The closest entry to the exact day and time determines the winner. The winning entry is worth 50% of the contest net proceeds or $500, whichever is greater. Entries are $5.00 each. Recent prize money awarded was $1,508 in 2019, $1,579 in 2020, $2,188 in 2021, $2,431 in 2022, and $2,586 in 2023. With your continued support we’re hoping the popularity and payouts of the Teal Lake Melt-Down fundraiser continue to increase each year.

History of dates and times of the structure falling through the ice includes the following most recent years: 2023 – April 29 @ 4:08pm (16:08); 2022 – April 03 @ 6:19pm (18:19); 2021 – April 5 @ 3:18pm (15:18); 2020 – May 3 @ 12:37am (00:37); 2019 – April 26 @ 12:18pm (12:18); 2017 – April 9 @ 3:00am (3:00); 2016 – April 20 @ 10:00am (10:00).
(please note that electronic entries are to be made in military time, i.e. 2:00pm is 14:00 military time).


  • Melt-Down is the exact time the replica mine shaft head-frame structure breaks through the ice.
  • Contest entry: entries can be completed with the purchase of a physical ticket or with the purchase of an electronic entry. A physical ticket may be purchased from any Negaunee Lions Club member. Each ticket allows only one contest date/time entry. You may purchase as many tickets as you like. An electronic entry may be purchased by clicking on the “ENTER NOW!” button above or below. Up to 20 date/time contest entries may be purchased at a time per electronic submission. You may submit as many electronic entries as you like.
  • The closest entry to the exact day and time of Melt-Down is the winner.
  • In the case of a tie the winner will be determined by the earlier entry purchase date.
  • The winning entry will be worth 50% of the net contest proceeds or $500, whichever is greater.
  • In the event of an unforeseen occurrence (malicious act, tampering, acts of nature, equipment failure, or otherwise) all decisions of the Melt-Down Committee to award the winner are final.
  • All entry sales will end on April 1, 2024. The winning entry must be purchased at least 48 hours prior to Melt-Down.
  • By providing your email address you opt-in to give the Negaunee Lions Club permission to email you in the event you are the winner and for future contest notifications.

Thanks to this year’s Melt-Down sponsor, TV6!