Apostle Islands Sea Caves Timelapse Video
Watch Wisconsin’s Apostle Islands freeze over for the winter in this timelapse video showing the sea caves area that received international media attention this year.
I threw together this time-lapse video of ice and snow overtaking Wisconsin’s Apostle Islands on Lake Superior, which received worldwide attention this winter due to the extraordinary ice caves being accessible by foot for the first time since 2009. The images come from a webcam operated by Sea Caves Watch, which is used to study the area.
This video represents the period of time from September 30th, 2013 to April 28th, 2014, just after the ice finally broke up and drifted away.
The thickness of the ice, as well as the absence of waves to break it up, allowed the sea caves to be opened to foot traffic on January 15th, 2014. An estimated 10,000 people came to explore the caves within the first ten days. As word spread and the caves garnered international media attention, the numbers quickly began to grow. Between January 15th and when the sea caves closed for the season on March 16th, it is estimated that 120,000+ visitors from around the world flocked to the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore on the Bayfield peninsula.
Many of those people passed by this webcam as they embarked on the walk across the ice to find the caves.
The Great Lakes reached record ice coverage on March 6th, 2014 at 92.19 percent, the highest in over 30 years.
Watch the extended video spanning the lifetime of the webcam right here.