Wisconsin Caves, Nature December 26, 2017
A Trip Inside Wisconsin’s Frozen Caves Is Positively Surreal
If ever a place felt like it was behind a wardrobe or through a looking glass, it’s the Apostle Island Sea Caves. Spectacular from the water in the warmer months, these caves become positively surreal in winter as Lake Superior freezes over and the cave seepage forms something that looks more like the Fortress of Solitude than a part of America’s Dairyland.
The caves aren't always accessible on foot - it's fully dependent on the weather and if Lake Superior freezes over enough to make it safe. But when it happens, it's truly magical.
Getting there isn't easy. The easiest option is to park at a lot near Cornucopia, which will cost you $5. From there, it's about a 1 mile walk along the shoreline. The caves go on for miles from there, so how much you explore is up to you.
Park officials monitor the conditions closely to ensure the safety of everyone. Check their
Facebook page for the most undated conditions.
If we're lucky enough to get a freeze over this year, you're in for one of the most spectacular, jaw-dropping and amazing sights you'll ever see.
Every nook and cranny is a new and wonderful place to explore. It's like the world's most amazing game of hide and seek.
A whole new world is open for us to visit and see when the lake freezes and we're able to go inside and explore.
The sheer size and magnitude is sort of difficult to even process or comprehend.
And it looks like you wouldn't be surprised to see Superman emerge from around one of the crystalline corners.
There isn't a thesaurus big enough to come up with all the different ways the Apostle Ice Caves will amaze you.
They never freeze the same way, so every winter is a new chance to explore and learn and find new, glorious sights.
Wisconsin is truly blessed to have these caves here and everyone should try to see them at least once in their life. You'll never be the same after basking in the majesty of the frozen sea caves.
Though it looks beautiful and like some sort of magical playground, visiting the caves requires a lot of caution, and visitors have to be careful. You may want ice cleats for the bottoms of your shoes and you definitely want to take note of any and all ranger warnings. The ice above can fall and be dangerous, so being aware, listening for calving and heeding the rangers is absolutely necessary.
But oh how worth it!
Have you ever visited the Apostle Islands Ice Caves? We’d love to hear about it in the comments!
Looking for another one of a kind Wisconsin ice adventure? Check out
the ice castle built by hand in Eagle River for more than 70 years!