Monday, March 18, 2013

Eban Ice Caves -- Post 1

Yesterday friends and I decided to drive around 75 miles to Eban Junction to see the Eban Ice Caves.  This frozen curtain of ice forms each winter along a sandstone escarpment from river flow and seepage.  That land is owned by Tim and Heidi Swajanen and their family members. For years, the family has granted access across the field to the public. In preparation for this season's winter viewing, the family developed a 30-vehicle parking area off the North Eben Road.  They also have provided portable toilets near the parking area and a concession stand. 

The ice caves are located nineteen miles southwest of Munising on M-94 or 29 miles southeast of Marquette in Alger County.  For more information about how to get to the caves go to:

At the intersection of M94 and Eban Road, there is this small yellow sign pointing the place to turn.

The concession stand is small, but functional.
After walking across the field and through a portion of the woods, there is an interpretive sign.
After walking through the woods, there is a steep decent down to the river.  It is advised that if you want to visit the ice caves, wear crampons on your boots.  Ski poles also help.
The river...
Jonathan and Jess:  this photo is for you.  Thanks for the new hiking poles...
The ice....

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