Lake Superior Ice Caves

from USAToday Visitors showed up by the thousands over the weekend to see ice caves nestled into the shoreline of northern Wisconsin. The Apostle Islands National Lakeshore ice caves are located several miles outside of Bayfield, Wis., on a 12-mile stretch along the coast. In order to see the caves, Lake Superior has to freeze enough for spectators to walk over ice to the caves. The ice was thick enough for the caves to open on Saturday, attracting nearly 12,000 people over the weekend, according to Julie Van Stappen, Chief of Planning & Resource Management at the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore. Park officials had checked ice conditions Wednesday to make sure the ice was almost a foot thick to handle the foot traffic. In the past few months strong winds broke up the ice cover and prevented the caves from opening, according to Neil Howk, assistant chief of interpretation and education for the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore. People exploring the ice cave at the Apostle Islands Ice caves in northern Wisconsin opened on February See More>>>

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