Ice and volcanoes are not two things that you would automatically associate with each other, but Michigan's weather is not always something that follows regular logic. A winter beach hike along the shores of the Great Lakes is a great way to get the blood pumping and see what makes this state so beautiful.

These things always occur on the shore of the lake so make sure to inspect any bank that might be big enough to be an ice volcano. 

As you approach this fairly normal-looking mound of snow, you probably wouldn't expect it to do anything unusual. However, these unassuming piles might surprise you. 

They're built-up cones of ice and snow that are hollow in the middle. Be careful when exploring or else you might even fall right into the hole!

These regularly occur each year in most of the Great Lakes and they're very fun to hunt for if you're a nature geek. 

The reason that they look like volcanoes is that the waves are still crashing into shore underneath it and shooting through the hollow center. 

It really does look like something magical froze a regular volcano though, huh?

There have been several sightings of ice volcanoes in Leland along Lake Michigan and in the Upper Peninsula. 

You can also find these in certain parks in Canada and New York. The Great Lakes are pretty amazing and all of the states and provinces that get to take part in these winter activities should feel blessed. 

These can be very dangerous so if you're lucky enough to find one that's "erupting," make sure to watch from a safe distance. 

If you go near Grand Rapids to find these wonders, you should check out their current public art exhibition or slide down a winter luge track

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