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Mainland Ice Caves Accessible – Winter Adventure!

January 16th, 2014 by Nancy Sandstrom

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Be sure to check out our Ice Caves Special!

The Apostle Islands National Lakeshore just announced that the Mainland Ice Caves are accessible. For the first time since 2009, the ice conditions allow for a trek along the shoreline and at the sea cave area. While weather conditions can change, the recent cold weather appears to have set solid ice conditions.

For those who have kayaked the Sea Caves in the summer, you will be especially excited to see this winter display. The beautiful ice formations are created as waves crash onto the cave surfaces, eventually freezing, along with a number of springs that flow through the winter also adding to the display. We highly recommend that anyone considering going to the Ice Caves call the NPS Ice Cave hotline: 715-779-3397, ext 3.

From the National Park Service:

“Mawikwe Bay near Meyers Beach in Apostle Islands National Lakeshore’s mainland unit may be covered with ice for some or all of the period from mid-January to late March.  When frigid temperatures turn the surface of Lake Superior into a frozen white expanse, lakeshore cliffs form a crimson border to this arctic landscape.  Pillars of ice extend to cliff tops where waterfalls have hardened in place.  Frozen lake water encrusts the base of the cliffs while inside the caves is a fairyland of needle-like icicles.  Ice formations change constantly with the weather.”

The trek is approximately 2 miles from Meyer’s Beach (about 18 miles NW of Bayfield). Snowshoes or heavy boots are recommended along with poles.

This is truly a wonderful experience! As always, please know that conditions can change and it is always best to check with the Ice Cave hotline: 715-779-3397, ext 3 for up to date conditions or Pinehurst Inn Innkeepers can provide up to date information as well.

Pinehurst Inn Top 5 Bayfield Winter Adventure Recommendations

January 12th, 2011 by Nancy Sandstrom

We are so fortunate in Bayfield to be situated on the South Shore of the grand Lake Superior – this time of year provides lake effect snow, resulting in frequent snowfall, preserving the clean winter vista while also providing consistent snow for outdoor play. With this in mind, we are happy to provide out top 5 Winter Adventure recommendations:

1. Bayfield Peninsula provides magnificent terrain for dog sledding! Consider a Wolfsong Dog Sledding trip. Their trips are magnificent! Be sure to check out Pinehurst Dog Sledding Packages.

2. Mt Ashwaybay Ski Area provides downhill skiing, over 40 km of beautiful XC Ski and snowshoe trails. Just up 2.5 miles up the hill from Pinehurst Inn.

3. As safety allows, visit the Mainland Sea Caves. Magnificent winter landscapes unique to Lake Superior and rugged shoreline. Typically accessible late February. Always check the National Park Service website for current conditions and safety recommendations.

4. Make your way to Madeline Island! Whether by ferry, windsled, or ice road, this is a true adventure.

5. While on Madeline, head out if able to Big Bay State Park for some great snowshoeing along the sandstone cliffs.

All of these activities will get you out to incredibly beautiful areas, view of Lake Superior and the Apostle Island, serene hardwood and pine forests. Some simple ways to embrace winter in your search for adventure.

Watch for our upcoming post on the Pinehurst Inn Top 5 Winter Relaxation Ideas!

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