The Apostle Islands – When the lake freezes over

We live in a wonderful world that is full of beauty, charm and adventure. There is no end to the adventures that we can have if only we seek them with our eyes open. – Jawaharlal Nehru

So I don’t think I have ever mentioned the challenges involved in getting to this location. Well, first off, its not THAT difficult. Not like trekking up Everest or anything like that, but for this warm blooded South Florida boy, it took a little extra effort!


So to get there, I flew into Duluth Minnesota (as close as I could get with a flight cost within reason), rented a car, and white knuckled it into a town called Bakersville. As it was snowing the whole way there, it was a journey in and of itself. I think I counted at least 3 semi tractors that had veered off the road and plowed into snowbanks. Crazy! Sure I may have pissed off a few drivers as I slowly inched my way there, but I proudly say that I made it one piece.

Two words for those drivers for next time. Slow down! You should know better……

_DSC7317-HDR-EditThe entrance to the Apostle Islands shoreline is then about a 45 minute leisurely drive along Lake Superior to the parking lot. There are a few great blogs and posts out there with the specifics if you are interested, but the skinny of it is that you park in the lot (if you get there early enough) and walk about a mile and a half to this area. Its a bit of a trek if the wind is blowing so dress accordingly. My top 5 tips?

  • Get there early as the lot fills up quick and the parking gets backed up clear to the highway!
  • Consider staying later in the evening when everyone heads back to town for dinner. Its eerie out there!
  • Not only layers, but the RIGHT layers. I recommend a visit to a Peter Glenn store!
  • Use steel ice grips for you boots. Trust me on this one!
  • Batteries die quick in the cold so pack a few!


I took this one below the last day I was there at a pretty cool park in the woods over on an island near Bakersville. I had to drive on an ice road to get there! Lottsa deer, quite and serene, and a nice close to the trip. You could actually hear the ice cracking out in the lake as layers continually crashed over, under, and into each other. Again, very cool!


And of course, its a lot more enjoyable when you dress for the occasion…..(what a dork). In fact, its quite bearable. Definitely remember those ice cleat things though. You will thank me, I promise!


I shared it here before, but I did a video a while ago about what I packed for the trip.

Did I mention it was below zero?

If you are interested, you can watch it here.

Lotsa great tips for a trip like this, or any trip into the ultra cold.


See you tomorrow 🙂


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