Legendary Lake Ice Bear makes return to Sawdy Pond

By Jalen Maki

Tomahawk Leader Editor

TOMAHAWK – Just in time to welcome summer visitors to Tomahawk, the legendary Lake Ice Bear, also known as the Hamm’s Bear, was placed on Sawdy Pond on Thursday, May 26.

The iconic bear, floating on an inner tube with a fishing pole and a can of Hamm’s beer, has Tomahawk ties dating back more than 60 years. After originally being used as an advertising display at the Weizenicker’s Lake Ice business, it began welcoming visitors to Tomahawk every year from 1958 to 1979 as it floated on Lake Mohawksin.

The bear made appearances in the Pow Wow Days 4th of July parade for several years before being donated to the Tomahawk Area Historical Society in 2018. In 2019, a replica of the Lake Ice Bear was placed on Sawdy Pond, breathing new life into the popular tourist attraction of years past and celebrating summertime in Tomahawk.

City of Tomahawk employees placed the Lake Ice Bear, also known as the Hamm’s Bear, on Sawdy Pond last week. Photo courtesy of Bill Sparr.
Photos by Jalen Maki.
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