6 mi. outside of LaPointe, WI on Madeline Island. Shares this mile plus long beach on Lake Superior's southern side with the adjacent State Park. Lots of facilities. Must reserve early. Great island for some casual biking. Great for star watching on the beach on the big lake at night while looking out at the other Apostle Islands.
If you need a break from the pastoral, head into LaPointe for some live music & libations at the unique Tom's Burned Down Cafe (a local institution!).
Big Bay Town Park We enjoyed our stay on Madeline Island towards the end of June. We stayed in in a travel trailer with our dog on the“modern” side which has electric service and is on the other side of the road from the office. The campsites on the lake side are rustic only. The modern sites are secluded with a good buffer of woods between them. Nice privacy.
There is no WiFi or cell service, however there is good WiFi at the office.
There are 30/50 amp hookups, a picnic table and a pad for a tent. There are 2 bathroom facilities with water spigots. The bathrooms are new and well maintained. There is a pretty trail that connects the 2 bathroom buildings. Unfortunately, the shower house is across the road in the office building.$1.75/3 Minutes.
The staff was very friendly and made sure we had all the information to enjoy our time on the island. Since the weather was pretty rainy, there weren’t a lot of people on the island, so it was very quiet. There were only 4 other campers in modern side, and a few tents on the other side.
The only thing that was kind of a bummer is that we brought our own kayak, but there really wasn’t a good way to carry the kayak down the many steps to the beach. The park has kayaks for rent on the honor system at the beach. The park parking lot is on a bluff above the beach with steps leading down to the water. The beach was nice to walk on. Our dog loved it. We only ate in town once, but the food was fantastic.
We stayed at campsite #14 and it was by far one of the better camp spots. We are planning on going again; it was so much fun to explore the lake shore and island. Highly recommended!
we really enjoyed this campsite. the bathrooms were really clean and easily accessible. the picnic table on our site was in good condition. the site was a decent size. there was a nice hiking trail and and beach nearby. one of the things I didn’t like was that you had to pay to use the showers but that was probably my one downfall.
All in all I was happy with this campground. It was close to the water, just a walk away from a beach and hiking trail. The campsites were fairly private as far as car camping sites go. There was adequate spacing between sites, and I never felt crowded, however I did visit during slow season. Because it was just a walk away from recreation, there were many people arriving and departing from the parking lot and camping area throughout the day, to make use of the beach and trails. I imagine that during busy season it is quite popular and quite a bit louder. There were canoes you could take out (rent) onto a lagoon between the lake and the campsites, and while I didn't end up trying one, it looked like it could be fun. The trail from the beach was nice, and went past some really interesting storm damage. They have signs up talking about the storm and how it changed the island. The trail is in the woods rather than right on the water for the most part, but close enough that you can get off at certain points and take a look. Because there was the lagoon area between the campsites and lake, the sites were pretty sheltered. Way less wind than near the lake. It wasn't too far from town, either.
Site was fairly small. No real privacy between some of the sites. It had rained recently so everything was kind of wet and soggy, and never really dried out. Views from the beach are BEAUTIFUL. There was no good place to put in my own kayak which was disappointing. Only place to put in was down a steep flight of stairs, which wasn't happening on my own. Showers were available but you have to pay, which is always a little annoying. Lots of mosquitoes. Fall asleep to the sound of loons and frogs. Hiking trail connects to the state park which is nice.
This fun little campground has about 25 sites. Reservations can be made ahead of time, and there are 5 plots on a first come, first served basis in case the main sites are full. There's a main office building with free WiFi (though its range and strength are very small). The same building also has the the showers and toilet, and a water fill station.
Each campground has a fire pit and a picnic table, with parking space for vehicles or RVs, and ample space for two or maybe even 3 tents per plot/site.
You are walking distance to a beach, accessed by stairs. The approx 2.5 mile beach also has a boardwalk that continues to be extended parallel to the beach. There's also this great opportunity to rent canoes on the honor system with money through a mail box slot, so I took out a canoe and was able to paddle around this nice inlet. I was also lucky and managed to get really close to some loons fishing on the lake. You can also meet at this spot at various times during the day to get a boat tour on some canoes or kayaks.
I would recommend coming here with a bike so that you can explore the island. Near the ferry terminal you can check out the Burn Down Bar and they have a convenience store to stock up on the food and things you forgot.
Pretty nice campground that you have to take a 20 minute ferry from the mainland. Then you drive through the small harbor town to the campsite. Nice, clean showers and bathrooms. The tents sites are spacious and they're only a 10 or so minute drive from La Point. The island community is full of restaurants and art galleries. We went in July and were able to go to a film fest and do yoga on the beach. These amenities may not be at the campground, but staying on the island gives you access to them. By the main office, there's a trail that goes down to the beach where you can rent canoes and kayaks on an honor system.