(Photos Courtesy of Brad Bumgardner and are are copyright, Indiana Department of Natural Resources)
Relentless cold and snow this winter has resulted in dramatic, beautiful formations of shelf ice along the Lake Michigan southern shore at Indiana Dunes State Park. Indiana Dunes Tourism Promotions Director Ken Kosky told the Region News Team an aerial video of the shelf ice is being shared by Indiana Dunes Tourism and two programs will be held next month, on March 1st, at 2pm and again at 2pm on March 22nd, at Indiana Dunes State Park in Chesterton. Kosky says 1994 was the year most similar to what the shelf ice has been this year and he believes we are eclipsing that and on the brink of passing the record set back in 1979.
Meanwhile park officials say the public is invited anytime to view the shelf ice safely from the beach any day of the week at either Indiana Dunes State Park or the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, but ask that you never attempt to walk on it as it is unstable and cave-ins have occurred recently.
The shelf ice video, shot by Thad Donovan, who is president of Smith Donovan Marketing & Communications in Chesterton, can be viewed at http://www.indianadunes.com/travel-blog/2014/01/23/new-video-shows-danger-and-beauty-of-lake-michigan-shelf-ice-people-can-see-it-for-themselves-at-events-indiana-dunes-state-park-pavilion-rooftop/