Bayfield, Wisconsin Ice Caves now a Hugely Popular Tourist Attraction
Thousands of hardy sightseers will line up today to see the dramatic ice caves near Bayfield and Cornucopia, Wisconsin. NBC News reported this morning. The sudden growth in popularity of the Apostle Islands Sea Caves (now Ice Caves) has caused the attraction to go viral as a winter tourist must-see.
The unusually thick ice on frozen Lake Superior has made it safe for tourists to trek on foot across the ice to tour the caves, which were carved from sandstone bluffs by centuries of wave action.
The favorable ice conditions have made it easy for visitors to view and photograph the caves. They have also provided a boost to area winter tourism.
Lodging and restaurant facilities are doing a brisk business in nearby Bayfield, WI and we're even seeing a surge in Madeline Island visitors as a result of the tourist traffic to the nearby mainland.
The cold, crisp weather and thick ice between Bayfield and Madeline Island is encouraging our real estate customers and clients searching for homes to drive the ice road between the northern Wisconsin mainland and the town of LaPointe on Madeline Island. We've noticed that the trip across the ice road is the smoothest and safest it has been in many years.
Visitors to these Apostle Islands Mainland Sea Caves are urged to check on area ice conditions before visiting, by calling (715) 779-3397, Extension 3. And if you're adding to your itinerary a drive across the ice to Madeline Island from Bayfield, call the Madeline Island "Ice Road Hotline", at (715) 747-5400 for driving conditions and ice road safety information.