You need to hop the ferry (about 60$ round trip for car and 2 people). Once you arrive there are plenty of shops and restaurants to kick off your stay. We had site 49 at Big Bay state park and the tall grass throughout the park was a bit disapointing and the ticks were pretty bad. But the beach and the point were fairly bug free and we spent most of our time there. Cliff jumping, swimming, boating and hiking trails this park has a lot to offer.
First trip in the campervan. Beautiful setting, great hiking, beach is massive and pristine. Did some kayaking and SUP. Campsites all had a picnic table and fire ring. Camping "in the forest" feel. Amazing star-gazing at night. Biked around the Island but enjoyed most of time spent at campground.
Bring the mosquito repellent. They are off the charts bad!
We were visiting the Apostle Islands last summer when we stopped at Madeline Island and found Big Bay State Park!
We didn't camp overnight here, but we did hike around through most of it and it was wonderful! The trails were well maintained and the view of Lake Superior was gorgeous.
It is definitely a ways out there as you have to take a ferry in and all - but well worth the trip if you are in the area!
It takes a ferry to get here, but it is a must see! Lake Superior is beautiful, and the campsites are nice and private.
Take the ferry to Madeline island and spend a weekend away from it all! Rent scooters to cover the whole island in a fun way!
Remember to use bear safety! It’s their home, not ours!
We visited this park in October - there was some rain !! - the owls were wonderful. Taking the ferry across works easily, there was firewood at the park - There were plenty of sites to choose from in Oct. (and sort of fun for us - it's a "new" campground in that the current picnic area used to be the campground - kind of like a field with the sites around the edge) Now the campground is lovely with pretty private sites in the woods. Again the hiking is really nice, and access to the Lake is along a sand beach as well as a boggy boardwalk parallel to the shoreline - Getting ice for our cooler was a little iffy in October as the main options in summer were closed by but a local bar sold us a bag of their ice and all was good. In addition to the hiking the State Historical Society runs a site on Madeline Island centered around the fur trade of earlier times. Limited hours.
Sites were generous in size and most had trees for privacy, however there are only 60. Pit toilets but only one bathhouse with showers situated between the two campgrounds. Only two sinks and showers and when it is busy, this is not enough (I waited more than once to wash my hands). Boardwalk along Lake Superior leads to Big Bay Town Park, the other option on Madeline Island. Both are about five miles from town, easy to bike to but not walkable. Quiet hours were not enforced when we were there -there was a loud party going on across from our site that lasted well into the wee hours of the morning. Recommend you take a boat ride to explore other islands.
I wish the ferry ride was cheaper, but great place to bike and camp. We were able to get a decently secluded spot as well.
A beautiful campground. Small but has some decent trails. Lovely to walk by the waters edge and skip rocks.