Ice climbing temporarily halted at Sand Point area of Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore

MUNISING, Mich. (WJMN) – Consistently warmer temperatures have resulted in the temporary closure of a popular ice climbing area of Pictured Rocks National Lake Shore.

Park officials announced on Thursday that effective immediately, the Sand Point area is closed to all ice climbing activity. They also cited the combination of melting snow and ice, along with increased foot traffic has had a negative impact on trail conditions.

“We value our long-standing partnership with Michigan Ice Fest”, Superintendent David Horne said, “and we both remain committed to protecting park resources and maintaining recreation access into the future.”

NPS staff will monitor conditions to announce if and when climbing can continue at Sand Point. Updates from the National Park Service can be found here.

The announcement comes on the second day of the Michigan Ice Fest in Munising, which brings in climbers and enthusiasts from across the country as well as some international attention. You can get updates on the festival here.

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