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Enjoy Great Lake Recreation
On the Apostle Islands

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Sprinkled across the top of Wisconsin are the fascinating Apostle Islands in the waters of Lake Superior, providing top-notch recreation and attractions for those who camp at Big Bay Town Park. The park offers RV and tent camping and is just off the water on Madeline Island. Big Bay Town Park campground has potable water, three sets of flush toilets and a pit toilet. There are new pay shower facilities and a picnic shelter with fireplace at the park. Rent a kayak or canoe through a local business, and you're set for an adventure on the water.

Ferries run from the mainland city of Bayfield and are not only a fun form of transportation but a great way to sightsee along the way. Once off the boat, local guides will lead you on a free walking tour of Madeline Island. The half-mile route covers history from 1623 to the present. Apostle Islands Cruises offers shuttles to some islands, where you may visit a lighthouse, hike, picnic, bird-watch, or beachcomb. Recreational boating is very popular and captained day charters are available for visitors seeking to experience sailing in the Apostles. Outfitters also rent sea kayaks and guide day trips to the sea caves along the mainland portion of the national lakeshore.

Nearby Big Bay State Park is a fantastic spot to frolic on the beach or hike the grounds. The trails  take you through seven miles of varied habitat. One of the most popular is the Boardwalk, which passes through a forest of red and white pines. To see deer and other wildlife, as well as spectacular sunsets, hit the Bay View Trail. Stop for a picnic in the day use area, equipped with tables, grills, drinking water and rest rooms. In the winter, there's plenty of room to snowshoe and cross-country ski.

Bayfield's orchards produce a bounty of apples as well as other fruits and vegetables. You can pick your own and buy such products as cider, jams and jellies, pies and cookies. The fruit becomes the center of attention at Applefest in October. The event draws big crowds to taste the various apple-inspired delights and to join in the fun of parades, music and shopping the vendor booths. In another food celebration, chefs from local restaurants show off their skills at the annual Chequamegon Chefs Exhibition in June. If you can't make the event, try one of the many area dining establishments.

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Big Bay Town Park
2305 Town Park Circle
La Pointe, WI 54860
Phone: (715)747-3031

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