The Eben Ices Caves are located just a few miles north of the little town of Eben, within the Rock River Canyon Wilderness Area (RRCW).

Located approximately 15 miles west of the town of Munising, MI, within the Munising Ranger District of the Hiawatha National Forest. It comprises 4,460 acres and contains outstanding natural features including Rock River, Silver Creek and Ginpole Lake. Within its interior there are two short user-developed trails (totaling about 1.75 miles) leading to Rock River Falls and the Eben Ice Caves.

The Ice Caves are not true caves at all. They consist of walls or vertical sheets of ice that form across the face of overhanging rock outcrops. In the summer, small unimpressive waterfalls and groundwater seeps may found along the overhangs. In the winter, however, the water hits the cold air, drips downward under the influence of gravity and freezes, creating spectacular ice caves. Each winter they look a little different, but typically there are openings in the ice that allow you to walk behind the ice walls. Groundwater naturally seeps from these rocks, providing the water necessary to form the ice caves in the winter.

It’s about 3/4 of a mile from the parking lot to the caves, and while most of it is across flat land, there are some hilly parts; while not totally necessary, ice cleats  or hiking boots really help to make sure you don’t slip  on the trail.

This is private property and if it was not open to the public, the hike to the ice caves would be far longer, so if you appreciate the favor, be sure to purchase something at the snack bar.

Eben Ice Caves are pet friendly, Please keep pets leashed at all times.

Learn more: Eben Ice Caves

Submitted By:

Rhiannon Singer

Munising, Michigan

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