Ice Caves Closed for the Season

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If you didn’t get out to the Apostle Islands ice caves you’ll have to wait another year as they closed Monday evening at dusk.

The caves were only open for nine days but they drew in 37,000 people.

Last year the caves were open for nearly nine weeks and 138,000 people showed up.

The national park’s spokesperson said the ice formations were bigger and more vibrant this year, but the safety of the public has to come first.

“We’ve got these warm temperatures so the ice formations are melting. We’re worried about things falling that could be dangerous. The ice underneath is still strong but it’s getting slick and water is forming on the surface,” said Bob Krumenaker, with the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore.

Krumenaker said another concern is that as the rocks warm it will cause the ice to slowly separate from the shoreline.

 

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