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Sea caves draw 11,000 visitors on Saturday

 

Associated Press

People visit the ice-covered sea caves in the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore in northern Wisconsin Feb. 2. The caves haven't been accessible by walking on the ice since 2009.

CORNUCOPIA, Wis. - The sea caves along the south shore of Lake Superior near Cornucopia continue to draw thousands of spectators daily, according to Apostle Island National Lakeshore officials.

Officials said the site near Meyer Beach on Wisconsin 13 between Bayfield and Cornucopia set a record Saturday of 11,000 visitors. They estimate a total of 54,000 people have visited the sea caves so far this winter. No Sunday numbers were available at press time.

According to the AINL website, there have been 13 injuries or missing persons requiring assistance of park rangers or other officals. Slips on the ice have resulted in numerous knee injuries and a few head injuries.

The caves are usually accessible only by water, but the ice is letting people walk to them for the first time since 2009.