Skip to main content

If temps don't drop, popular ice caves might not open this year

  • Author:
  • Updated:
    Original:

Warmer weather has delayed yet another winter attraction.

The National Park Service posted on Friday that the Apostle Islands ice caves of Lake Superior are behind schedule due to the El Nino.

According to the National Park service, it's at least a two mile hike on the ice to get to and from the caves. The problem is, there's still open water.

The Duluth News Tribune says there were about eight inches of ice in front of the caves last week. But it broke up and is all gone now.

https://www.facebook.com/apostleislandsnationallakeshore/photos/a.198526510176211.56639.185894374772758/1209885865706932/?type=3&permPage=1

https://www.facebook.com/apostleislandsnationallakeshore/photos/a.198526510176211.56639.185894374772758/1211024442259741/?type=3&theater

The ice caves are currently closed and the weather isn't looking too promising, but officials with the National Park Service say the caves could still open this winter. It's just not as likely to happen as it was the past two years.

Last year, the ice caves were also delayed because of weather. They opened at the end of February and then closed again nine days later.

But the popular attraction drew in about 6,000 people the first day, and 37,800 people altogether.

That's compared to 138,000 visitors in 2014 when the caves were open for more than eight weeks.

You can see pictures of how the ice is progressing here.

Next Up

covid

Minnesota's COVID-19 update for Friday, January 28

The state is still in the process of catching up with 10,000 yet-to-be processed tests.

Bryan Acuna

Twins sign 16-year-old brother of Braves star Ronald Acuna Jr.

Bryan Acuna is one of the top international prospects, according to MLB.com.

Christopher Endicott

Authorities: Former principal who died in MN jail took his own life

He was found unresponsive in the jail last November.

ambulance

Sheriff: 2 injured, drunk driver arrested after head-on crash

The allegedly drunk driver wasn't injured in the crash.

dirty_jobs

Newest 'Dirty Jobs' ep. has Mike Rowe scraping shmutz in MN

He'll scrape and clean a "special kind of shmutz" from the bottom of an escalator at a local hockey arena.

school, classroom

Here are the 77 nominees for the MN Teacher of the Year award

The nominees will be trimmed to a group of semifinalists and then a group of finalists.

crystal police department

2 women found dead in Crystal home, police investigating

Authorities investigating the incident as a murder-suicide.

Screen Shot 2022-01-27 at 9.15.45 PM

Buckeyes crash the glass, fend off Gophers

E.J. Liddell dominated in the paint to help No. 16 Ohio State.

Related