Hike the Lake Superior Ice Caves

Wisconsin Meyers Beach Parking Area

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Explore beautiful ice caves practically by yourself and hike on the ice of Lake Superior -- the largest lake in the world!

Begin at Meyer's Beach in the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore near Cornucopia, WI. There is a parking lot, but get there early in the day to get a spot and make sure to use the bathroom before heading out. There is no opportunity on the ice.

Head out onto the frozen lake and follow the shoreline east about a half a mile to the first caves. The caves, arches, and ice formations extend a mile along the shoreline.

You can probably explore the entire area in a couple hours if you're quick, but pack a lunch, spend the day, and take your time climbing through ice passageways, sliding down frozen waterfalls, and looking at ice extending to the horizon.

Pack List

  • A warm jacket
  • Gloves
  • Beanie (or ear muffs)
  • Warm socks
  • Crampons
  • Water
  • Camera (cold air saps batteries, so bring extra or an external charger)
  • Snacks
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Activities:

Chillin, Photography, Snowshoeing, Hiking

Skill Level:

Intermediate

Season:

Winter

Trail Type:

Out-and-Back

Distance:

1 Miles

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Features:

Bathrooms
Family Friendly
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about 1 year ago

Awesome

An experience I'll remember for a lifetime!

about 1 year ago

over 1 year ago

Stunning

Easily the best winter adventure I've ever done. Yak tracks make it all the more incredible as you can get into the most slippery of places :)

over 1 year ago

almost 2 years ago

One of my favorite places - the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore. I agree, definitely get there early -- or you won't feel as though you're exploring alone. The amount of visitors has skyrocketed the past two years the caves have been open. Worth the drive every time!

almost 2 years ago

Added by Joe Whitson

Minnesota Native. Check me out on Instagram: @joewhitson and feel free to shoot me an email if you want to talk more about things to do in Minnesota: joekentwhitson@gmail.com

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