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Access to sea caves reopened

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CORNUCOPIA, Wis. — Access to the Apostle Islands mainland sea caves near Cornucopia reopened Saturday morning after rangers determined the Lake Superior ice remained stable during the recent winter storm.

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Apostle Islands National Lakeshore officials advised that anyone planning a visit to the frozen caves this weekend be prepared for deep snow and very cold conditions. Snowshoes or cross-country skis are recommended until the path to the caves is packed down again.

Access to the popular seasonal destination was temporarily closed Thursday because of concerns that high winds accompanying the winter storm might affect the stability and safety of the lake ice. Visitors must walk on frozen Lake Superior to reach the ice-coated caves.

The caves, open this winter for the first time in five years, have drawn tens of thousands of visitors.

For updates, call the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore’s ice caves information line at (715) 779-3397, ext. 3; visit the lakeshore website at nps.gov/apis; or visit the lakeshore’s Facebook page.

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