Weather keeps rangers from checking Wis. ice caves

A view from the ice caves at the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore in Bayfield, Feb. 12, 2014.
A view from the ice caves at the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore in Bayfield, Feb. 12, 2014. (WLUK/Pauleen Le)

BAYFIELD, Wis. (AP) – National Park rangers have been unable to check Lake Superior’s ice to determine if it’s safe for people to hike to the popular ice caves near the Apostle Islands.

According to the National Park Service, rangers were unable to go out Friday because of high winds and white-out conditions. They hope to check early Saturday morning if visibility improves. If the lake ice remains stable, it could reopen by noon Saturday.

Rangers closed the area Thursday night because of a strong winter storm and uncertainty how it would affect ice conditions.

More than 60,000 visited since Jan. 15, which is more the 1/3 of their average yearly visitation. In fact, they’ve had to seek help from other parks, the sheriff’s office, U.S. Coast Guard and Border Patrol.

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