Ice Cave Tour
2 1/2 Hour ($40): 1/2 Ice Cave Tour – 4 Miles Round Trip
If your tour is cancelled due to weather conditions you will have the option to reschedule or take a 100% refund.
The 2020 Apostle Islands ice cave tours will start at the Houghton Falls ice caves in Chequamegon Bay, where the ice forms quicker and thicker than anywhere else in the Apostle Islands. We utilize the same ice thickness standards as the National Park Service and require 12″ of ice. If the ice sheet grows to 12″ thick we may move the full ice cave tours to Romans Point. Romans Point is on the West side of the peninsula where conditions are dangerous and unpredictable, so it is unlikely they will open on any given year. Houghton Falls Ice Caves is in Chequamegon Bay on the East side of the peninsula where conditions are much thicker and more predictable and you can count on them opening in late January or early February every year.
When you sign up for an ice cave tour you will have a guide with you that is briefed on the ice conditions and areas to stay away from. They will also show you where all the best ice caves are and let you know when to turn around. While you are on a tour you are welcome to do your own exploring or turn around as long as you inform the guide first.
These Ice Caves are not as numerous as the famous Meyers Beach Ice Caves but the sandstone cliffs are just as tall, with frozen waterfalls that cascade to the surface of the lake. The Houghton Falls Ice Caves open up each year in January and offer an opportunity to experience the Apostle Islands Ice Caves without having to deal with the dangerous and unpredictable conditions at Meyers Beach.