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Ice caves near Apostle Island are still popular

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BAYFIELD (AP) -- The ice caves near the Apostle Islands in northern Wisconsin are still proving to be very popular right now.

According to the National Park Service, nearly 78,000 people visited the caves along Lake Superior from mid-January through February.

This is the first time since 2009 that the ice was thick enough for people to walk on to see the caves.  In 2009, only about 8,400 people visited.

Julie Van Strappen, with the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore, has said social media is playing a bigger role this year in getting the word out.

It's unclear how long the lake ice will be sturdy enough to handle visitors again.  Park officials say one of the longest seasons was back in 2009 when the caves were open for February and March.

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