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Madeline Island

…a 20 minute ferry ride from Bayfield

A favorite activity for visitors to Bayfield is taking a ferry ride to the Town of La Pointe on Madeline Island. Just a 20 minute enjoyable ferry ride across Lake Superior, Madeline Island is indeed, a special place to visit and a great vacation activity to include in your list of “must dos.”

Madeline Island welcomes visitors with “turn of the century charm” as one of 22 Apostle Islands in Lake Superior. The Madeline Island Ferry crosses the water from spring break-up of the ice to late winter. Once on Madeline Island, visitors can explore the beautiful state and town parks whether driving, hiking, biking, or kayaking. Located seven miles from the ferry landing, Big Bay State Park features picturesque sandstone bluffs with nine miles of hiking trails. You can also enjoy Big Bay Town Park with its beach access, nature trails and a picnic area. Plus the 80 acre lagoon is ideal for kayaking, canoeing and fishing.

Also located on the island are a number of specialty shops plus a variety of restaurants for everyone’s appetite.

And Madeline Island offers visitors the area’s newest art and craft school, Madeline Island School of the Arts, located on a uniquely restored Wisconsin dairy farm in the middle of the island. You will find a full class schedule that offers painting, writing, quilting, photography and other unique workshops including basketry, drawing, jewelry, yoga, music Ojibway crafts, and scrapbooking.

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Madeline Island Businesses

Madeline Island Museum
Experience more than 300 years of Madeline Island history. Discover the magic that has drawn people to Madeline Island's legendary shores for centuries.
226 Colonel Woods Avenue
La Pointe, WI 54850
Restaurant dining featuring regional dishes and contemporary American cuisine. Specializing in fresh Lake Trout, Whitefish, steaks, seafood and stone hearth pizzas. Available for weddings and groups
700 Main Street
La Pointe, WI 54850
Madeline Island Ferry Line
Our ferries connect Bayfield and Madeline Island. The 25 minute trip runs every 1/2 hour during the summer. Walk, bike, or drive aboard. Relax and let the magic of Lake Superior weave its spell.
100 Main Street
La Pointe, WI 54850
Kayak and stand-up paddle board rentals for all ages, expert instruction and sales on Madeline Island. No water safety course required. 3 1/2 hour scheduled rentals: Big Bay ($37) and downtown ($27).
N 690 Main Street
La Pointe, WI 54850
La Pointe, WI 54850
498 Old Fort Road
La Pointe, WI 54850
Madeline Island School of the Arts
Madeline Island School of the Arts (MISA) is ranked among the top five art and craft schools in the country. The school is located on Madeline Island, the largest of the 22 Apostle Islands.
978 Middle Road
La Pointe, WI 54850
642 Main Street
La Pointe, WI 54850
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