Ice Cave Conditions

Know The Ice Cave Conditions Before You Visit

Everyone wants to know when the conditions are safe for exploring the ice caves at the Apostle Island National Lakeshore on the south shore of Lake Superior. Believe me… we’re just as anxious as you are. In fact, we’ve got our Apostle Islands Ice Cave Adventure ready to go if (and when) the perfect ice conditions make visiting the caves safe. It’s a wait and see game every year but when the ice forms it’s well worth it.

As with any adventure, it’s important to be well-informed and prepared. That’s why we’ve included this post on the best ways to check in on the ice cave conditions.

Apostle Islands Ice Cave Adventure

A lucky group visits the Apostle Island Ice Caves with The Duluth Experience in 2015. Image: The Duluth Experience.

Related: A Look at the Diversity of Lake Superior Ice Formations

Are the Ice Caves Accessible?

Lake ice conditions change quickly and the accessibility of the Apostle Lakeshore Ice Caves is never guaranteed. Park officials test and monitor the ice conditions daily making the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore the definitive resource for determining if the caves are open to the public.

Here are three ways to find out if the ice caves are accessible:

  1. The official Apostle Islands National Lakeshore Facebook page has the most frequently updated ice condition reports. This is the best source for current ice conditions. Click HERE to visit their Facebook Page.
  2. You can call the Apostle Lakeshore office to find out if the ice caves are open or closed. The office number is: (715) 779-3397, Ext 3.
  3. Sign up for The Duluth Experience mailing list and be among the first to know when the Apostle Lakeshore Ice Cave Adventure is open for booking.

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