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Red Cliff Ice Caves Tour - Winter Only

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1.8 mile 2.9 kilometer point to point
99% Runnable
Easy/Intermediate

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Ascent: 33' 10 m
Descent: -37' -11 m
High: 631' 192 m
Low: 601' 183 m

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Avg Grade: 1% (0°)
Max Grade: 8% (4°)

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This route is a walking tour of the Red Cliff ice caves along the frozen shore of Lake Superior.

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You must be accompanied by a native guide to access this route as you'll be walking on Lake Superior. Tours may be booked after they have determined the ice is safe to travel on. This trail is for winter use only when snow covered.

Overview

This route is available in winter only and is only safely accessible under certain lake ice conditions.

Need to Know

There is a fee to take the tour. Tour participants must be accompanied by a native guide and will need to sign a waiver before beginning the route. Guides do their best to make sure ice conditions are safe for walking. The trail is available only in winter and is all dependent on lake ice conditions. This trail is on the Red Cliff Reservation.

Description

Follow the icy shore of Lake Superior to view the smaller, yet fascinating Red Cliff ice caves. You'll see some amazing ice formations, with many tinged rusty red from red sandstone sediment. The route begins at Buffalo Bay Campground and Marina and continues for about 2 miles until you reach a natural sandstone arch. There will likely be a lot of exploring along the way as many of these sandstone caves are large enough to walk in.

Native guides are knowledgeable on the geology and wildlife of the area. Tour participants may walk or snowshoe, depending on lake conditions. Lake Superior, even in extreme cold, can be icy and slushy, so it is recommended to contact your guide as to appropriate footwear: waterproof boots, spikes, snowshoes, etc.

Ice Cave Tours with Rustic Makwa Den are offered daily at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. beginning Jan. 31. Advance tickets are $30 for adults, $25 for teenagers (13-17), and $15 for kids 12 and under. Tours happen as long as ice conditions are suitable. For more information and to sign up for a tour, visit the Rustic Makwa Den website or Facebook page.

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Land Manager: Rustic Makwa Den

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