Red Cliff Point Icecaves Snowshoe Tour

Availability: ​January through early March depending on Lake Ice conditions

What to expect

(3.5 - 4 hours) Four hours snowshoeing over level terrain. Temperatures ranging from the low 30's to below zero. Windy conditions could create extreme cold depending on wind direction (see note below).

Ice Formations

This tour showcases the magical multicolored ice formations found along Lake Superior's winter shoreline. We begin at Frog Bay Tribal Park winding our way through a majestic, old-growth hemlock/cedar forest, then cross over the frozen Frog Creek coastal wetland. Tracks of otter, fox, fisher and coyotes are common here. Then we venture onto a frozen Lake Superior, following the shoreline south towards Red Cliff Bay. This tour offers views of 9 of the Apostle Islands. As we move down the shoreline, red sandstone rock outcrops begin to rise up and tower up to 100 feet above the lake. These cliff formations are the source of the "Red Cliff Indian Reservation" name. Groundwater seeps year round from the sandstone, and in winter creates amazing ice formations. Pictures best describe their beauty. Several caves have been carved into the sandstone for us to explore.

What to bring: day pack, water bottle or thermos, lunch or snack, appropriate clothing layers. Please contact me (Jon) if you have questions about anything (715-331-9166)

Note: Ice conditions vary from day to day as does weather. I'll do my best to keep you up on any changes or weather issues that may affect the tour. In the event of conditions unsuitable for safe travel on the ice, we do have a backup option for a land-based snowshoe tour. You have the option of joining the backup tour or receiving a refund.

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