Centuries of wave action, freezing, and thawing have sculpted shorelines throughout Apostle Islands National Lakeshore. Some of the Great Lakes’ most spectacular scenery occurs where these forces interact with sandstone to create extensive sea caves. Nature has carved delicate arches, vaulted chambers, and honeycombed passageways into cliffs along the mainland near the Lakeshore’s western boundary, north of Meyers Beach. People come to the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore in winter to visit the ice caves and witness Lake Superior’s ever-changing handiwork.
Report by Apostle Islands National Lakeshore: April 14, 2014
Ice Cave Conditions: CLOSED FOR THE SEASON!!
Access to the ice caves closed for the season at 12:01 AM on Monday, 3/17/2014
. Lake Superior surface ice within the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore is now closed to all use between Saxine Creek and Sand Point, by order of the Superintendent. See press release here: 2014-Ice-Caves-to-Close-for-the-Season
For the most up-to-date information, check out the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore Facebook page Or please call the ice line at (715) 779-3398, ext. 3.
National Park Service Website
News video on the 2014 Ice Caves
Sunday, February 2 Pioneer Press Story with some great photos.
Sea Caves Watch: The website features real-time images of conditions at the Mainland Sea Caves. Check this before you go out to see real-time conditions.
Driving Directions: Meyers Road is about 40 miles north on State Hwy. 13 from Ashland. From Ashland, take Hwy. 13 going west towards Superior. At the roundabout, take the first right towards Washburn, continue north on Hwy 13. Go past Bayfield about 10 miles and Meyers Road is on the right side. Meyers Beach is a Recreational Fee area. Please pay your fee before heading out on the ice or trail. Please use the west side of Meyers Road for overflow parking. Traffic cones will be placed in the parking lot to block off areas for emergency vehicles.
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