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Changing Conditions Force Ice Caves To Close

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Ice Caves-Apostle Islands National Lakeshore, Bayfield Wisconsin.  Photo: Bayfield Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau
Ice Caves-Apostle Islands National Lakeshore, Bayfield Wisconsin. Photo: Bayfield Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau

Duluth, MN (KDAL) - They’ve been a popular tourist draw in Bayfield County and with temperatures finally warming, they will be closing soon.  The Apostle Island Ice Caves will be closing for the season no later than Sunday night.  The Apostle Islands National Lakeshore made the decision citing rapidly changing ice conditions and growing day-to-day uncertainty about safety.  Officials say the closing could come sooner if ice conditions deteriorate before Sunday.  Lakeshore Superintendent Bob Krumenaker says this has been a remarkable season for the ice caves adding that it’s been the “..longest and best one anyone can remember, and certainly the most popular.”  He continues, “The beautiful formations are melting, and some have already fallen, raising concerns.”

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