Ice Caves Closing Soon - WBAY

Ice Caves Closing Soon

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As the great ice formation that drew thousands of people to visit the ice caves at Apostle Islands National Lakeshore begin to melt, officials are preparing to close access to them for the season.

CHECK OUT a slideshow of the caves.

The National Park Service says the absolute last day the caves will be open is Sunday March 16; they added that access could be closed sooner if ice conditions deteriorate before then. During a meeting Wednesday, partnering agencies working with the NPS to manage visitors to the ice caves urged a proactive approach in closing the caves early.  They want to avoid a situation where the ice starts breaking apart with people on it.

VISIT the caves with reporter Matt Smith

"This has been a remarkable ice cave season," said Apostle Islands National Lakeshore Superintendent Bob Krumenaker. "The longest and best one anyone can remember, and certainly the most popular. But spring is coming, the ice is weakening, and we can see the edge of the ice pack coming closer to the mainland ice caves every day."

Park Rangers will be monitoring the ice and make an immediate decision if a closure becomes necessary before Sunday.

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