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It's been 5 years since the ice has frozen along the south shore of Lake Superior, creating access to the wonders of the Ice Caves of the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore. In early February 2014, 8,000 people made the pilgrimage, a mile walk along the frozen shore, to witness and photograph the crystal wonders of the caves.

Brian Peterson, Star Tribune

Weather keeps rangers from checking Wis. ice caves

  • Associated Press
  • February 21, 2014 - 5:57 PM

BAYFIELD, Wis. — National Park rangers have been unable to check Lake Superior's ice to determine if it's safe for people to hike to the popular ice caves near the Apostle Islands.

According to the National Park Service, rangers were unable to go out Friday because of high winds and white-out conditions. They hope to check early Saturday morning if visibility improves. If the lake ice remains stable, it could reopen by noon Saturday.

Rangers closed the area Thursday night because of a strong winter storm and uncertainty how it would affect ice conditions.

More than 60,000 visited since Jan. 15, which is more the 1/3 of their average yearly visitation. In fact, they've had to seek help from other parks, the sheriff's office, U.S. Coast Guard and Border Patrol.

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