Apostle Island Ice Caves Not Likely to Form This Year

Warm Temperatures and High Winds Are to Blame

BAYFIELD, Wis.- The Lake Superior Ice caves draw thousands of people to Bayfield when they form, but Park Officials say they wouldn’t count on seeing the caves this year

The winter started out looking promising, but recent warm temperatures and high winds caused the little ice that did form to break apart. Park Officials are not positive the caves won’t form this year quite yet, but the conditions are not looking good.

“Prior to 2009 the ice caves formed more often, so the winters are just getting a bit milder,” said Julie Van Stappen, the Chief of Planning and Resource Management at the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore.

Park representatives say many people who look forward to the Ice caves are disappointed, but have been understanding.