BAYFIELD, Wis. (AP) - Businesses that cater to tourists flocking to the Apostle Island ice caves say this season so far has been very different than last year.
The Apostle Islands National Lakeshore says there's little hope for an early ice cave season because of ice conditions. Last winter at this time, 3,000 people viewed the ice caves in one weekend.
The owner of the Village Inn in Cornucopia, Cheryl O'Bryon,says this year "it's a totally different world." She says it's "very, very quiet."
The locals say last year's business was unprecedented because of the amount of media attention given to the spectacle of the caves. Before the unusually long and cold winter of 2013-14, the ice caves hadn't been accessible for four years. In the years prior to that, the caves had usually been open for at least a couple of weeks in February.