**Access to the Apostle Island Ice Caves will close for the season at 7 p.m. on Monday, March 9 due to warm temperatures, melting ice, and forecast high winds.**
The world famous Apostle Islands National Lakeshore ice caves on the south shore of Lake Superior opened for visitors on Saturday, February 28.
While the ice caves are open for pedestrian traffic, Chris Smith with the National Park Service says the walk will be slippery:
“The walk to the ice caves is treacherous this year. Large areas of bare ice create extremely slippery conditions. In other areas piles of fractured ice sheets make footing rough and unsteady. Wear sturdy waterproof boots with ice cleats on the soles and carry ski poles to prevent slipping. Avoid recently formed cracks in the ice near the base of the cliffs. Do not stand under large icicles. “
Click here to visit the Bayfield Chamber of Commerce website for more information on the hike out to the ice caves, what to wear, fees, shuttle bus, and more.
Ice conditions can change rapidly. Before making a trip out to see the ice caves, be sure to call the ice caves access phone line at (715) 779-3397, extension 3, for updates on ice conditions.
While the ice caves are located in Bayfield County off of Highway 13, Douglas County is a great place to stop before and after your trek out to the caves. The drive from Superior to Cornocopia is scenic and rural, with few places to stop for things like gas or supplies once you leave Superior.
If you'd like to add more outdoor adventure to your trip to the ice caves, be sure to stop by Amnicon Falls State Park as you drive down Highway 13. This park, winner of the Wisconsin DNR's "State Park Treasure" contest and voted as having Wisconsin's best waterfalls in a Lake Superior Magazine reader poll, is located just over three miles off of Highway 13 on your way to the ice caves.