"Leelanau County’s Office of Emergency Management, has announced that as of Friday, February 21st, wind has moved some surface ice away from beach, and open water is visible within feet of the caves. There are now large cracks in the arches and they are expected to start collapsing soon. The melting and ice shifts have rendered the area unsafe. Please do not enter onto the ice"
This was issued while I was out here in 30-40mph winds. Wild swaths of open water, shifting plates of ice gave me vertigo. I nearly perished four times out there, but it was worth it. The winds were blowing so much snow that opaque was what best described my experience.