High winds could compromise safety of the ice pack

Winter storm prompts temporary closure of access to Ice Caves

By KBJR News 1

Winter storm prompts temporary closure of access to Ice Caves

February 20, 2014 Updated Feb 21, 2014 at 5:47 PM CDT

Apostle Islands National Lakeshore, WI (NNCNOW.com) - High winds and white-out conditions are preventing National Park Service staff from checking lake ice conditions.

National Park Rangers plan to check the ice early Saturday morning if visibility improves as expected. If the lake ice remains stable, the NPS hopes to be able to make the announcement that the ice caves are accessible again no later than noon on Saturday February, 22.

The decision to re-open access to the caves or to continue the closure depends on how the ice pack is affected by the winter storm.

Safety is the critical concern.

While the caves remain inaccessible, Meyers Road will be gated and the Wisconsin Department of Transportation will be prohibiting parking along Highway 13.

Bay Area Rural Transit (BART) shuttles will be operating on weekends from Cornucopia and Happy Hollow Road immediately after a decision to re-open access to the caves.

Shuttles from Legendary Waters will also begin running immediately after a decision to re-open.

For updates, call the park’s Ice Line at (715) 779-3397 x3 or visit the NPSwebsite

Written by Kevin Jacobsen
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