Skip to main content

2 dead after snowmobile goes through ice on Lake Superior

  • Author:
  • Updated:

Emergency responders recovered the bodies of two men after the snowmobile they were riding on went through the ice on Lake Superior near Madeline Island.

WDIO reports the two men, both in their 30s, were last seen leaving Bayfield on Wednesday around 9:30 p.m and were headed to LaPointe on Madeline Island, but never arrived. A 911 caller reported them missing twelve hours later.

Just before 10 a.m., emergency crews found the body of one man next to a partially submerged snowmobile in the South Channel. The body of the second man was recovered three hours laters.

Their identities have not been released.

The Duluth News Tribune reports traveling over the ice by car, truck, snowmobile or fan-powere air sled is common between the mainland and the island in the winter.

However, the area is subject to rapidly changing ice conditions.

An ice road between Bayfield and Madeline Island opened to light trucks and cars on Wednesday, but officials closed the road Thursday because of cracks in the ice that developed overnight, according to MPR.

Next Up

Screen Shot 2023-01-27 at 7.45.44 PM

Tyre Nichols: Initial police version of events bear similarities to George Floyd killing

Memphis PD said Nichols complained of 'shortness of breath' following 'confrontations' with police, who in reality violently beat him.

George Floyd, protest

Twin Cities authorities preparing for community reaction to Tyre Nichols video

The ATF division in St. Paul sent out an alert out of "an abundance of caution."

Screen Shot 2023-01-27 at 2.12.05 PM

Changes at K102's Chris Carr & Company, with Sam Sansevere joining as co-host

She is the daughter of former KQRS morning show personality Bob Sansevere.

Screen Shot 2023-01-27 at 1.16.21 PM

Minneapolis' Royal Foundry Craft Spirits announces closure

The distillery set out to infuse the Minneapolis craft cocktail scene with British flavor.


Shutterfly to cut almost 100 jobs at Shakopee facility

The layoffs are expected to impact multiple positions within the company.


Mill City Museum in the running to be named best history museum in the U.S.

The museum offers scenic views of the Mississippi River.


Man charged with attempted murder of White Bear Lake police officer

Daniel Holmgren Jr., 33, was being served an arrest warrant at the time of the incident.


Gallery: 1,000-acre Wisconsin resort listed for nearly $4.3M

The lush landscape features a creek and private lake.

school bus

Alert after Woodbury students approached by strangers asking if they want candy

Valley Crossing Elementary School urged parents to go over safety information with their children in response to the incident.

basketball unsplash stock

North St. Paul basketball cancels Eden Prairie game after opposing coach's reinstatement

Head Coach Cornelius Gilleylen said he let his players decide amongst themselves.


Report: Ice coverage on Lake Superior down 79 percent since 1973

According to an American Meteorological Society report, the amount of ice covering all the Great Lakes has dropped more than 70 percent over the past 40 winters. The Duluth News Tribune reports the study doesn't include the 2011-12 season. As of this winter, only about five percent of the Great Lakes froze. The lead researcher says a lack of ice coverage can reduce water levels, damage water quality and accelerate shoreline erosion.

flickr - thin ice warning - USFWS Midwest

Snowmobiler goes through the ice on lake near Duluth

Ice thickness varies greatly throughout Minnesota right now.