Top 3 Ice Cave Exploring Tips

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This just in: The Apostle Islands Ice Caves will be open the public starting Saturday. Probably. 

According to today’s update: if conditions remain stable the ice caves will be open Saturday, February 28. Watch their official Facebook page for current conditions. The ice is plenty thick, but according to the park rangers the hike out will be a bit more slippery this year. Be sure to bring the appropriate footwear, dress in layers, and bring your camera!

Top 3 Ice Cave Exploring Tips

  1. Visit Midweek (Sunday–Thursday)
    Of course they’re open weekends, but that’s when everybody comes. By coming up in the middle of the week you avoid the crowds. That makes it much easier to get majestic photos without other visitors in the background, and parking is available much closer to Meyer’s Beach.
  2. Give Yourself Plenty of Time, and Plan Ahead
    I’ve been out to the Ice Caves twice now, and each time I wanted to stay longer than I was able.  Plan on 2-3 hours at the caves, and about an hour and a half to and from Beacon Pointe. Bring some snacks, a water bottle, and dress in layers. Three hours is a long time to be standing on Lake Superior, and you don’t want head in early because you’re cold.
  3. Take, Tag and Share Photos
    Photos of the Ice Caves are an inspiration to everyone that sees them. Not only that, but you’re going to want to remember this trip for a lifetime. Clear off your camera’s memory card, and be sure the battery is fully charged. There’s no guarantee they’ll be back next year, and they never look the same twice.

The official announcement: