Apostle Islands National Lakeshore located in the northern region of Wisconsin are beautiful. So beautiful that they have been named the “Jewels of Lake Superior.” More intriguing though for travelers in search of the path less traveled is the area here known as “Apostle Island Sea Caves.”
The Sea Caves recently ranked in the top #10 out of “160 amazing places that people may never have heard of” in an active discussion on Quora.com, the Question and Answer Community.
Submitted by Jason Nelser, from Minnesota who says they are “pretty amazing sight to see. I’ve kayaked through them over the summer once before, but apparently people go in them during the winter as well.”
It has been possible to see the caves in winter. Winter is when these caves turn into a magical ice palace. The problem in recent years is that warmer winters have taken this striking natural wonder from us. This winter frigid temperatures have returned this miraculous place to the people of southern Lake Superior – and for those travelers looking to experience a part of the world, that is relatively untouched by guides, guide-books and tourists.
The reward for this cold journey, as seen from the following instragram pics, is a real-life fantasy world comprised of stunningly gorgeous icicles.
The lake’s ice hasn’t been thick enough to walk on on since 2009.
Almost 11,000 people walked to the caves last weekend.
The National Park service, offers in depth information on their site about making the trip, says to get to the caves, and then back, visitors must walk about 2 miles over the frozen lake.
The cave formations change from day to day and the look is completely different depending on the amount of sun and light.
The area is no stranger to frigid winters though this year’s temperatures have been consistently low making the formations particularly beautiful, according to park officials. The limited temperature fluctuations have stopped “freeze-and-thaw cycles” that cause blurring.
About 35,000 have made the trek and it’s expected to be passable until March. If the thought of ice has you thinking about staying in doors or visiting a more tropical location, then consider traveling to this hidden gem during spring, summer or fall. A wonderful place to stay on Lake Superior, is at a home on Madeline Island. The island is one of the Apostle Islands, which itself is beautiful and a vacation wonderland.
When the mood to explore the other 21 Apostle Islands arises get on board the ferry from Madeline Island over to Bayfield.
You’ll love absolutely love the trip. “Better Homes and Gardens'” Travel section highlighted Madeline Island Ferry Line and the great lakes by saying that:
“There’s no better way to explore these mighty water-ways than from the decks of ferryboats.”
From Bayfield you’ll have a number of ways of getting to the Caves including by kayak. The National Park Service website is packed with useful information about the Apostle Islands as well as the Caves.