Big Bay State Park

Big Bay State Park, La Pointe, WI

Big Bay State Park is on Madeline Island, the largest of Lake Superior's 22 Apostle Islands.

The park features picturesque sandstone bluffs with caves where Lake Superior laps at the shoreline. A family campground, including walk-in campsites, beach, bird and wildlife watching, camping, fishing, nature programs, picnicking, cross-country Skiing, indoor group camp, hiking and nature trails, sandstone bluffs, 3.5 miles of Lake Superior shoreline, grills, boat launch, fabulous open lawns for Frisbee, soccer, and lounging, water and toilets, 60 camp sites but no electric or dump sites for RVs, a campground with drinking water, showers and toilets, an indoor camp, woods and wildlife to discover, and 1.5 miles of sand beach await visitors.

This trail, fondly known as the Big Bay Boardwalk, is just one of several maritime trails that traverse Lake Superior’s coastline of forests. The beach here is all sand, rather than sand washed over rocks and pebbles. Bird watchers are intrigued with the island park. A list of 240 species of birds seen in the park is available at the office. Known for its breathtaking lagoons, northern boreal forest and dunes, sphagnum bogs and thick old-growth forest; Big Bay turns magical when the temperature starts to plunge. Bald eagles return annually to the park to nest and rear offspring. In late fall, when the deciduous trees lose their leaves and the area takes on a whispery quiet and allure not known to the summer crowds, the park is starkly beautiful.

Big Bay State Park is reachable via the Madeline Island Ferry Line based in Bayfield, Wisconsin. The ferry operates from "breakup" to "freeze up." The ferry deposits her passengers approximately 7 miles from Big Bay State Park. Bicycles, mopeds and tour buses are popular island transporting methods. The park is open year round, though winter visitation is mostly limited to hunters, snowshoers and cross-country skiers.

You can run the rapids of Marengo River right next door to Big Bay State Park, and Copper Falls State Park is a glorious place. The annual precipitation here at Big Bay State Park is about average and if time allows, Apostle Islands National Lakeshore is a national park worth checking out.

Big Bay State Park Private Campgrounds and Camping Reservations

Big Bay State Park in the City of La Pointe - Bayfield County (Northwest WI).


Big Bay State Park
141 S. 3rd St., P.O. Box 589
Bayfield, WI 54814
United States
Big Bay State Park At Madeline Island in Lake Superior
Hagen Road 7 miles from La Pointe
La Pointe, WI 54850
United States
715-747-6425, 888-947-2757

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