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Lake Superior Ice Caves

A Grand (Island) Adventure

Water cooler conversations at offices around the country have been full of chatter about this epic 2014 winter. What an awesome winter it has been. And from local news stations all the way to the NBC Nightly News, people have been talking about Lake Superior being 95% frozen over, and especially about the ice caves around the Apostle Islands. But that’s out out of our jurisdiction!

Much overlooked has been the ice caves around Grand Island, just off the shore in Munising. A short walk from Sand Point Beach across frozen Lake Superior will leave you at the base of ice curtains more than 30 feet tall and stretching hundreds of feet wide.

The walk across is about 0.6 miles, and worth every step. Be sure to put on some good winter boots and a jacket that will break the wind coming across the channel. On a Sunny day you certainly run into a few dozen others. On our afteroon excursion we were fortunate to run into Shawn Malone of Lake Superior Photo.

To get to Sand Point, just follow Sand Point Road until it dead ends at the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore Headquarters.


8 Wonderful Comments

  1. An awesome selection of photos as always. I love the dog’s expression at the end.

  2. These photos are awesome! Hope to get out there in person later this week!

  3. Who went on this grand adventure? No one was credited. Or did I miss it? I would LOVE to see those caves.

  4. Lowell and Barb
    Mar 4, 2014

    Loved the photos. Wow! The one with blue ice from top to bottom is gorgeous. Thank you for sharing.

  5. Wow , been here by boat , in warm weather , I think the next time it is froze like this , I’ll head to Munising Bay . Thanks for the Pictures . Nick , Kalamazoo , Mi

  6. Dave Nelson
    Mar 5, 2014

    Although I had to move back to the east(Phila.Pa.) I really miss the north, especially when I see such wonderful pictures. Thanks for the photos.

  7. I was lucky enough to go all the way around the island on snowmobile this past weekend.. Got a little scary at times but OMG the views!!! I want to go back in the summer to see how it looks with out the ice..

  8. George and Davine Reed
    Sep 22, 2017

    Wonderful pictures! We love that area!

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