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Winter storm forces temporary closure of access to ice caves

CORNUCOPIA, Wis. -- A winter storm is forcing the temporary closure of access to the ice-bedecked mainland sea caves at Apostle Islands National Lakeshore near Cornucopia.

CORNUCOPIA, Wis. -- A winter storm is forcing the temporary closure of access to the ice-bedecked mainland sea caves at Apostle Islands National Lakeshore near Cornucopia.

Lakeshore officials announced that effective at sunset Thursday, access to the caves will be closed because high winds accompanying the storm -- forecast to gust out of the northwest at up to 40 mph -- may affect the stability and safety of the lake ice. Visitors must walk on frozen Lake Superior to reach the caves.

The cave access will be closed today, and at the earliest will reopen at sunrise Saturday if the ice remains stable. During the closure, the gate on Meyers Road leading to the trailhead parking lot will be locked. The road will not be plowed.

Rangers will monitor ice conditions to determine when access to the caves will reopen. For updates, call the lakeshore's ice caves information line at (715) 779-3397, ext. 3, or visit the lakeshore website at www.nps.gov/apis .

- Duluth News-Tribune

Related Topics: LAKE SUPERIOR
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