For many years the City of Clintonville has maintained a popular boat launch facility at the intersection of W. 12th, N. 12th and Hemlock Streets in the city.
The site also serves as a convenient access point during the winter for outdoor enthusiasts to get onto Pigeon Lake for various recreational pursuits.
In the fall of 2009 in a combined project of the City and the Pigeon Lake Rehabilitation District, the existing deteriorated boat launch docks were removed and replaced with a modern 32-foot long boat launch and fishing pier. Along with the new pier, the shoreline in the area was improved with stone rip rap and handicapped accessibility was also improved to the pier.
Despite the long history and popularity of this site, it has never had a formal name, being referred to simply as the 12th and Hemlock Street boat launch.
With the improvements made to the site in 2009, the Park and Recreation Commission decided to designate a formal name for the site and after a bit of research and discussion made a decision to name it the Ice House Landing.
The name comes from the fact that the site was the original location of the Mantin Ice House. For decades ice was cut on the Pigeon River/Lake at this location and stored in the ice house building located on what is now the boat launch property.
The Park and Recreation Commission wants to install a decorative sign at the site and would like to have a picture of the old Mantin ice house as part of the sign, but to date has not been able to come up with a picture of it. Any residents who have a picture of the ice house or know where one may exist are encouraged to contact Park and Recreation Department Director Dick Writt at 715-823-7660.