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Visit Northern Wisconsin's
Superior Sights

Big Bay State Park---Not to be confused with Big Bay Town Park, this 2,350-acre park has a 1.5 mile beach to rock hunt and bask in the sun, and more than seven miles of hiking and nature trails with incredible views of Lake Superior. Anglers can catch northern pike in the park's lagoon and several species of trout in Lake Superior. For bird-watchers, there's a wildlife observation deck along the east shore of the lagoon to catch a look at the 240 species of birds seen in the park.The Park is open in winter for snowshoeing and cross-country skiing.

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Lake Superior Big Top Chautauqua---A summer season of concerts, plays, lectures, and musicals plays out under the canvas tent of this unique 900-seat facility. The theater, located three miles from Bayfield at the base of Mt. Ashwabay Ski Hill, has hosted such artists as Judy Collins, Johnny Cash, B.B. King and Gordon Lightfoot over the years. Concert-goers may choose to sit outside the tent and gaze at the stars on a clear night while listening to the music. When the last curtain falls in the fall, the troupe take to the road to perform original multi-media musicals based on life in the Midwest. Free round-trip shuttle is available in Bayfield at the ferry landing on show nights. Pick-up time is at 6:25pm.

Top Shows Under the Big Top

Madeline Island Museum--The fur trade and the maritime industry were major influences on the island, and artifacts of the past are gathered here. The original museum consisted of four log buildings, relocated and linked together. Tools of the early trades--logging, boat building, commercial fishing--can be seen in the Old Jail room. Among the displays in the Pioneer Barn are items from the wealthy turn-of-the-century visitors who helped launch the Apostle Islands tourism industry. Inside the Old Sailors' Home room are handmade furniture, kitchen tools and equipment used by the immigrants who made the island their new home. The American Fur Company room is the only remnant of the once thriving business. Films, lectures and workshops are presented in the modern Capser Center, added in 1991. The museum is open daily from late May thru the first full weekend in October.

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Apostle Islands National Lakeshore---Whether you have a few hours or a few days, you'll find plenty to do on the 21 islands and 12-mile segment along the shore of Wisconsin's north coast that comprise the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore. Visitors can hike, paddle, sail or cruise to experience these Jewels of Lake Superior. The island's wildlife includes a diverse population of nesting and migratory birds and a variety of mammals, amphibians, and fish. The Apostle Islands' protected bays, public docks, pristine beaches, and natural beauty offer outstanding boating opportunities, and sea kayaking is a great way to travel. Take a guided tour of the amazing lighthouses scattered throughout the chain of islands. Clean, clear water, underwater rock formations, and fascinating shipwrecks combine to provide outstanding diving opportunities.


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

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