Milwaukee, Wisconsin 2021-02-22 11:03:18 –
Bayfield, Wisconsin (AP) — The impressive ice cave on Lake Superior will not open this season.
Officials on the Apostle Islands National Seashore in northern Wisconsin have stated that the caves are inaccessible due to poor ice conditions and a coronavirus pandemic.
Although it has been quite cold for the past two weeks, Lake Superior’s ice coverage was only about 50% as of this weekend. According to Minnesota Public Radio News, the park said the ice on the lake near the cave was unstable and rough.
Park staff will monitor ice conditions during the winter to ensure that they are safe for public access. As Lake Superior warms, park superintendent Lynn Dominy said access to the cave has become a rare event.
The cave was last opened to the public in 2014 and 2015 and was visited by thousands of visitors who walked over a mile on the frozen Lake Superior to reach the sight.