Apostle Islands National Lakeshore Ice Caves

Apostle Islands National Lakeshore Ice Caves

Apostle Islands National Lakeshore Ice Caves
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  • Edward G
    Washburn, Wisconsin37 contributions
    Summer is nice, Some winters are spectacular
    The caves are beautiful in the Summer, but about every third Winter they are spectacular. A few years ago tens of thousands of people came here. It is definitely worth a long trip. Also about February the lake freezes and you can drive over the ice to Madelaine Island. The locals contribute their Christmas Trees that mark the route.
    Written August 19, 2021
  • MaryRose
    Eau Claire, Wisconsin12 contributions
    Beautiful!
    I took an Apostle Island cruise around the area and most of the islands. 3 hrs ride. Nice that this area is being managed. Watching the few fishing and sailing boats come in at sunset while sipping a wine.....nice.
    Written August 29, 2020
  • janice b
    Taylor, Michigan147 contributions
    Great Day Trip
    The weather was absolutely beautiful, not a cloud in the sky. We chose to do the 3 hour boat tour since we were only on a day trip from the Porcupine Mountains State Wilderness Park in Michigan. It was lovely! A relaxing , beautiful tour. It was great to be on the water, watching the scenery go by. I would like to go back and spend more time there. I would do more research on tours and kayaking. Bay field was a cute town and I could definitely spend more time exploring.
    Written June 25, 2021
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Esther A
Fair Grove, MO8 contributions
Jul 2021 • Family
we walked the trail at the Meyers trailhead and although it is 3 miles roundtrip and is not "easy" walking the forest trail in July, the view at the end is worth the walk. The kayaks below entering the ice caves is a beautiful sight too.
The park management intends to keep the trails as natural as possible so there are few benches, no facilities, and the path is steep in places.
Written July 8, 2021
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Carole O
4 contributions
Jul 2021
We hiked ten miles through the well maintained paths of this forest. Scenic overlooks provided breathtaking views of caves below. Crowds were minimal and Lake Superior, the perfect pristine backdrop. Only suggestion to future visitors would be to book kayaking reservations s ahead of time. Kayaking would afford a closer vantage of the caves.
Written August 5, 2021
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Jim R
5 contributions
Jun 2022
Very comfortable boat; nice and helpful crew. Information supplied by the captain was very informative and brought the islands to life. Highpoint was the tunnel rock formations on Devil's Island. Thanks for the great trip.
Written June 5, 2022
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Carson
Neenah, WI168 contributions
Aug 2020
We hiked the lakeshore trail in the summer, beautiful views. I did not think it was a terrible hike, the first 0.7 miles is on a built wooden boardwalk, after that you walk about 1.25 miles mostly through a trial and a lot of up and down, rocks and steps and short, steep grades. Not bad for most but something to consider for very young kids or if you have walking issues. The views are definitely worth it though if you can make it and there are some stops looking directly over cliffs into caves.
Written September 1, 2020
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PrairiePaddler
Wisconsin315 contributions
Jun 2020
Outstanding, definitely one of the better narrated scenic cruises we've experienced. Our 2-1/2 hour Grand Tour was conducted by a lifetime local resident who grew up on the water and had a wealth of information to share. The ice caves on Devil's Island alone are worth the trip.
Written June 20, 2020
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vtxriders
Missouri484 contributions
Aug 2020 • Couples
This was a great hike. Lots of ups and downs but not difficult. Not necessarily for beginners either, unless you are in good shape. Definitely not kid oriented, although we did see some with toddlers in tow.

Do go past the first overview for additional beautiful views. It’s o my another .4 miles.
Written September 14, 2020
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Isi66
Bayfield, WI26 contributions
Feb 2018
We live in Bayfield, the neighboring town to the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore Ice Caves. Due to that fact, we have been to the caves both by water in our boat, and by ice in the winter. It is impossible to predict which year the ice caves will appear. It is also impossible to know what month. It could be anytime from late January until March. The Park Service lets people know when they are open, since they monitor the safety of the caves. Sign up for the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore on Facebook. They will keep you in the know. If you have a chance to visit the caves in any season--it is worthwhile.

In summer, especially on a somewhat calm day, it is very exciting to boat by, noticing all the amazing formations with their unique colors. Ponder: How many years did it take????? What kind of weather was necessary to move the water and cut away these caves? What will they be like in 30 more years???? These caves are well worth a visit--at least once!!!

In winter, the experience is enhanced by not just rock formations, but by ice formations--every year is different!!! It does require some physical effort, however. You must walk on the ice (with ice gripping boots) and possibly a pole, for about a mile before you get to them. Then, "saunter" around to see how different they all are.
Written June 24, 2018
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Beverly A
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Aug 2018 • Solo
I worked at the Chateau in the 80s. Was able to give some guests tours. Cleaned. I LOVE LOVE LOVE Bayfield and this house and its history. I'm in Oregon now and just read the book Daughters of the Lake, by Wendy Webb and knew as soon as I began to read it what house and town she was writing about. It gave me chills. I'm thrilled too. I'm 87 now and not traveling like I used to, but I would give a pot of gold to revisit Bayfield. Spent 2 summers there. Husband worked on Apostle Island Cruise tour boat. The LAKE does have a magical hold/spell once you've been there. I recommend a trip to Duluth and Bayfield Lake Superior to anyone who will listen. Better than a trip to Hawaii !!
Written July 22, 2019
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Robby G C
Toronto, Canada78,235 contributions
Aug 2016 • Couples
We had three options to see the sea caves: kayaking, walking on the path and see sea caves from above and the cruise with the Apostle Islands. We did all three options.

The kayak tours were fun for exercise and to learn how to kayak, but it was quite difficult to take pictures. Moreover, the kayak tour we took, only let us enter one sea cave. Oh well!

We walked also on Meyers Beach Sea Caves and the sea caves at Big Bay State Park. We could see quite a lot of sea caves, just by walking and our pictures were clear and attractive. It was a fun trek and we learned a lot about this region.

We even took a cruise with the Apostle Islands Cruise and they were the best to see the sea caves from close for less of what we had paid for kayaks. They brought us to Devil Island, which has the most astonishing sea caves in this region. Moreover, they brought us here close to sundown and the cliffs showed their true orange and red colors. It was so beautiful! The captain even brought this boat close to 4 feet of the caves. We could clearly look inside this cave! It was an unforgettable trip!
Written October 4, 2016
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rockyjoe
Minneapolis, MN8,245 contributions
Jul 2018 • Couples
The Apostle Islands National Lakeshore Ice Caves are located on the Lake Superior shoreline near Meyers Beach (which is about 5 miles northeast of Cornucopia, Wisconsin.) It is also located about 15 miles west of Bayfield, Wisconsin. These “caves” are usually called sea caves but during the winter the water freezes so they are renamed ice caves during the winter. The actual sea caves are located about a mile from Meyers Beach. You can hike 1.1 miles on a trail from Meyers Beach to get there or you can kayak or canoe there. I am not sure how you can see the caves if you hike there as you will be above them.

I kayaked to the caves from Meyers Beach with my wife in late July and thought they were very cool. We were part of a tour and the guide knew everything about the caves and told us a story about each one and showed us an easy way to paddle through them. The caves are amazing and beautiful and were the absolute highlight of our trip to Bayfield and the Apostle Islands.

Overall I really enjoyed kayaking to the sea caves and highly recommend them. This is a must see attraction on any trip to the Apostle Islands. I recommend that you find a local outfitter and kayak to these caves. I have canoed in the past but have never kayaked but the tour guide gave everyone a quick lesson and I was able to easily complete the trip.
Written August 31, 2018
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