SUBSCRIBE | NEWSLETTERS | MAPS | VIDEOS | BLOGS | MARKETPLACE | CONTESTS
TRY BACKPACKER FREE!
SUBSCRIBE NOW and get
2 Free Issues and 3 Free Gifts!
Full Name:
Address 1:
Address 2:
City:
State:
Zip Code:
Email: (required)
If I like it and decide to continue, I'll pay just $12.00, and receive a full one-year subscription (9 issues in all), a 73% savings off the newsstand price! If for any reason I decide not to continue, I'll write "cancel" on the invoice and owe nothing.
Your subscription includes 3 FREE downloadable booklets.
Or click here to pay now and get 2 extra issues
Offer valid in US only.

Also on Backpacker.com


Enter Zip Code

Backpacker Magazine – May 2000

Apostle Islands: Lake Superior's Icy Magic

Wisconsin: Explore 21 islands and 12 miles of mainland shoreline where strings of cliffs and caves are bejeweled in ice.

by: Jeff Rennicke

PAGE 1 2

"If there is magic on this planet," wrote poet Loren Eiseley, "it is contained in water." Each winter, that magic is on glittering display in Wisconsin's Apostle Islands National Lakeshore. As temperatures drop and the crystal blue waters of Lake Superior splash and slosh on the sandstone cliffs of the 21 islands and 12 miles of mainland shoreline that make up the national lakeshore, something wonderful happens: ice. Waterfalls freeze into white fangs, cliffs glitter as if wrapped in sparkling robes, caves are set with icicles that shine like diamonds. It is artistry in ice.

The best spot for ice viewing is Squaw Bay Caves on the western edge of the lakeshore, where for nearly a mile a string of cliffs and caves are bejeweled in ice. Snowshoe, hike, or ski the 6-mile Mainland Trail, or brave the frozen lake itself. Although it is only a short hike along Squaw Bay, you can-if the ice conditions are right-combine it with a more adventurous journey across the frozen water to one of the nearby islands, such as Basswood or Oak. There you'll find more hiking trails and endless shorelines of cliffs, caves, and more magical ice. Some years you can walk right out to the ice formations. Other years you can only gaze at them from shore. You never know. That's part of the magic.


PAGE 1 2


Subscribe to Backpacker magazine
Sign up for our free weekly e-newsletter
Name:
Address 1:
Address 2:
City:
State:
Zip:
Email (req):

Reader Rating: -

ADD A COMMENT

Your rating:
Your Name:

Comment:

My Profile Join Now

Most recent threads

Gear
Gore tex vs leather - lined light vs heavy
Posted On: Apr 16, 2014
Submitted By: Walkinman
The Political Arena
Another Example of the Big Brain Advantages
Posted On: Apr 16, 2014
Submitted By: Walkinman
Go
View all Gear
Find a retailer

Special sections - Expert handbooks for key trails, techniques and gear

Check out Montana in Warren Miller's Ticket to Ride
Warren Miller athletes charge hard and reflect on Big Sky country, their love for this space and the immense energy allotted to the people who reside in Montana.

Boost Your Apps
Add powerful tools and exclusive maps to your BACKPACKER apps through our partnership with Trimble Outdoors.

Carry the Best Maps
With BACKPACKER PRO Maps, get life-list destinations and local trips on adventure-ready waterproof myTopo paper.

FREE Rocky Mountain Trip Planner
Sign up for a free Rocky Mountain National Park trip planning kit from our sister site MyRockyMountainPark.com.

Follow BackpackerMag on Twitter Follow Backpacker on Facebook
Get 2 FREE Trial Issues and 3 FREE GIFTS
Survival Skills 101 • Eat Better
The Best Trails in America
YES! Please send me my FREE trial issues of Backpacker
and my 3 FREE downloadable booklets.
Full Name:
City:
Address 1:
Zip Code:
State:
Address 2:
Email (required):
Free trial offer valid for US subscribers only. Canadian subscriptions | International subscriptions