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.

Officials at the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore posted the photo below to their Facebook page earlier today, showing extreme wind damage to the ice from over the weekend. While this doesn't completely rule out the chances of ice reforming for visitors to make the trek out the the caves, a lot of calm and very cold weather would need to set in for a significant amount of time.