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Enjoy Camping
In a Beautiful Island Setting

Located on an island accessible in the summer by ferry, Big Bay Town Park offers a true vacation escape. Madeline Island may be small but it offers a big welcome to tourists who travel to Wisconsin for the striking views of Lake Superior, the wealth of outdoor activities and the friendly community atmosphere. To accommodate its guests, the island has an airport with a 3,000-foot paved landing strip, restaurants and bars, a golf course, bicycle, moped, kayak and canoe rental, and full marina services including charter boats.

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Big Bay Town Park, six miles from the ferry dock, boasts a sand beach, picnic area, camping for tents and RVs and a bridge spanning the gorgeous Big Bay Lagoon. Visitors enjoy fishing, biking and swimming. Give into the lure of the water and rent a canoe from a local business or get a guided kayak tour, please contact the chamber of commerce for more information (715-747-2801). Gaze at a stunning sunset while snacking on a s'more toasted over one of the park's firepits. The park offers three sets of flush toilets, a pit toilet and potable water. There are pay shower facilities at the park.

Madeline is one of 22 islands in the Apostle chain. The other 21 are part of the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore, a national park rich in natural attractions. The magnificent sea caves, etched into the rocks, draw visitors in both summer and winter. Guided tours of the island lighthouses, the largest collection of any National Park, can be taken from mid-June to September. Dive into the depths to view shipwrecks and rock formations. Apostle Island Cruises' 55-mile Grand Tour highlights the history and scenery of the islands, and other scheduled trips provide jaunts to individual islands.

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There's a lot to explore on Madeline Island. After your ferry ride is over, a free guided walking tour covers much of the downtown area. Maps for four self-guided tours are available, which include an art junket tour, historic downtown tour, Capser Trail and a walk to Grant's Point. Some of the stops are the Madeline Island Museum, Ojibwe National Prayer Pole/Memorial Park and the four-ton propeller from the old tugboat Ashland. Take time to visit Big Bay State Park, a 2,350-acre park filled with a beach, picnic areas, and seven miles of hiking and nature trails.

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

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