After a few years in a row where the Apostle Islands Ice Caves were accessible to thousands of visitors, people are wondering if the recent cold stretch will allow people to visit the feature again this year.
People hoping to see the Apostle Islands Ice Caves this season had a very short window. Unseasonably warm temperatures and forecasted strong winds for Monday night have prompted park officials to close the caves for the season.
After news came out of the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore in mid-January that wind had torn apart the developing ice along the shoreline, the likelihood of visitors being able to access the natural wonder for a second year in a row seemed dashed. Following cold conditions over the past month, things are looking up once again for people looking to visit the ice caves.
Up until this weekend, there was tempered optimism that the Apostle Islands Ice Caves may be open for the second year in a row. Significant wind over the weekend broke up ice along the shoreline, setting back progress, and postponing the possibility of visitors returning this year.