Apostle Islands National Lakeshore
The ice caves at the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore could be open to the public this weekend.
Businesses that cater to tourists flocking to the Apostle Island ice caves say this season so far has been very different than last year. The Apostle Islands National Lakeshore says there’s little hope for an early ice cave season because of ice conditions. Last winter at this time, 3,000 people viewed the ice caves in one weekend.
Visitors to the Apostle Islands ice caves will have to pay a $5 fee this winter. The National Park Service will charge the fee for visitors ages 16 and older, assuming the caves form again this winter.
Access to the popular ice caves at the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore will be closed by Sunday night due to safety concerns, according to National Park Superintendent Bob Krumenaker. The caves, which just saw one of its longest and most popular seasons in recent memory, will close due to rapidly-changing ice conditions that pose a growing safety concern.
The ice caves near the Apostle Islands in northern Wisconsin are still proving to be very popular. According to the National Park Service, nearly 78,000 people visited the caves along Lake Superior from Jan. 15 through the end of February.
The Apostle Islands National Lakeshore has turned to other agencies for help in handling the thousands of people visiting the area to see the majestic beauty of ice caves along the south shore of Lake Superior.
Along the shore of Lake Superior in northern Wisconsin, the ugly winter has created something truly beautiful. Ice caves, some as high as two-story homes, are drawing thousands some driving hours to see the carvings by nature.