Skip to comments.Video: Lake Michigan Ice Caves Off the Coast of Leelanau in Northern Michigan
Posted on 02/25/2014 5:22:35 PM PST by shove_it
MyNorth vidoegrapher Kris Riley trekked a third of a mile to video the two-story high Lake Michigan ice caves off the coast of Leelanau County in Northern Michigan, north of the town of Leland. For days, crowds of awe-struck people have flocked to the shore to explore these magnificent natural formations that tower and arch in rugged glory after one of the coldest, stormiest winters in decades. If you arent one of the thousands who have slipped and slid out to this once-in-a-lifetime phenomena, you will want to see this video. And if you did make your way out there, sit back and enjoy it all over again.
(Excerpt) Read more at mynorth.com ...
Yup. Plenty to love about Michigan.
Aw, melting already, according to the statement at the link.
Never been to Traverse, but I’ve been in Ludington.
Remember - global warming made this happen...
back to the really cold temperatures again - 30 to -40 here in the UP of Michigan. Gee I am going south to gaylord, mi for another surgery where the temperatures will be the high of -17.
Here’s hoping for speedy recovery from your surgery in the relative balminess of Gaylord.
I don’t think the ice is so much melting as it is being broken up by the wind.
Hey we are renting a house in South Haven in August. That ice better be meltd by then ). FYI, we are Ohioans and love vacationing in Michigan. Love the salmon fishing too!
Makes sense. Also makes new caves if it freezes again.
Al Gore should spend a night or two in those ice caves.
When I was in college in Kalamazoo, carloads of us would drive over to South Haven on Memorial Day for for the annual beach party ritual to celebrate summer break. We’d dash into Lake Michigan and dive into a wave then dash back out again, a lot faster than we dashed in. The water temp was barely above freezing. By August when you’re there, the water temp will be a delightful ~60 degrees.
I have many fond memories of South Haven. We'd pester Dad to take us to the beach for the day. He'd let us bury him in the sand. In the water, he'd let us climb on his shoulders and jump into the waves. Good times, great state.
Reminds me of my childhood when we’d get four get of snow and the snow plow guy put a few more feet on top of that. Us kids would start digging a cave which we called a fort. We’d stay out there until we could no longer feel our fingers or toes.
Let’s hope its once in a lifetime. I’ve had enough of this winter. It could be the start of a mini-ice age, a repeat of the Maunder minimum. We’ll needs lots of natural gas to heat our home at a reasonable cost.
Closest I ever got to that part of Michigan is Grand Rapids. Or Midland depending on how you define 'close'...
Then again, I grew up in that state just south of Michigan that has an "O" on each end of its name, and there's a whole lot of places there I never got too also... ;-)
I live in Holland, only a few miles away from Lake Michigan. Many of us would not be caught climing all over these ice caves and lake ice. Looks can be deceiving and this ice is NOT safe to walk on. I personally think that many of these people dragging their kids onto this ice should be slapped upside the head. Lake ice is always shiftng and moving and holes open up at a moments notice. In Grand Haven, only 20 minutes north of me, 6 people had to be pulled off the ice after falling in. People were pushing their infants in strollers all over this ice. Stupid is the only word that fits.
I had the same thought.
The formations and caves were spectacular, like nothing I've ever seen (must be global warming). The road access was as crowded as a national park in July, an amazing amount of people came to see what the lake formed. Ice bluffs and scouring from 15 to 30 feet high going parallel to the lake for more than a mile, with people all over them.
I have some pics I'll try to post on the thread later if I can.
I second your opinion. Ridges such as those in the video are caused by shifting ice. It can shift at any time. Sometimes the ice goes up, some times it goes sideways, some times it goes down.
I met a fellow who almost lost his life because it went down. It left a big pool of water with a gently sloping ice bottom. He got trapped in it, and couldn't walk out because it was too slippery to walk up the slope. Fortunately, he was able to yell and attract rescuers before he died of hypothermia.
Interesting, thanks. I still don’t know if I would trust it not to shift when standing under it.
Thanks for your comments. I received the MyNorth article in an email last week from an old friend who has lived near Leland for many years. He says he had never seen ice caves this extensive and large before.
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