Ice island draws looks in northern Lower Peninsula
Updated: Friday, March 8 2013, 10:54 AM EST
READMOND TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) - An ice island that's formed off Michigan's northern Lower Peninsula is attracting attention.
Outdoor enthusiast Josh Baker tells WPBN-TV he and his family came across the roughly 15-foot-tall collection of ice blocks in Lake Michigan off Emmet County.
Good Hart General Store Owner Jim Sutherland says cold weather and wind combine to build ice into mountains and caves. He says it's been many years since he's seen such a large ice island form in the area. It's likely been growing for 6 to 8 weeks.
The ice island is the latest winter creation of Lake Michigan to draw looks. Earlier this year, hundreds ice balls or boulders piled along the shores of the lake at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. They were the size of beach balls or basketballs.