Big Bay State Park, Apostle Islands

4.6
#30 of 57 in Nature in Wisconsin
Big Bay State Park is a state park of Wisconsin, United States, on Madeline Island, the largest of 22 Apostle Islands in Lake Superior. The 2350acre park has picturesque sandstone bluffs and caves and a 1.5mi sand beach. It encloses unique habitat types including lakeside dunes, sphagnum bogs, and old-growth forest. Bald eagles return annually to the park to nest and rear offspring.The park, established in 1963, has picnic areas with tables, grills, water and toilets; a campground with drinking water, showers and toilets; an indoor camp for nonprofit groups; an outdoor group camp; and more than 9mi of trails, including nature trails. The park is open year-round, though winter visitation is mostly limited to hunters, snowshoers, and cross-country skiers.All vehicles are required to purchase an admission pass, though pedestrians and bicyclists may enter free. To reach the park, visitors must take a 20-minute ferry ride from Bayfield, then travel approximately 5mi north on Highway H.
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4.7
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  • July 9, 2017
    We drove out here & first had a picnic which was nice & then hiked the trails. Super pretty with lots of views of the shoreline & places to get out & climb on the rocks. We even saw some people diving...  more »
  • July 6, 2017
    my group of 2 moms and 2 teenage daughters LOVED our time at Big Bay State Park. We camped for 3 nights and enjoyed every minute!! Campgrounds are CLEAN. VIews are BREATH TAKING. Rangers & camp host w...  more »
  • July 1, 2017
    Worth a stop if you are on the island. It isn't to far of a bike ride from where the ferry drops you and is mostly flat.  more »
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  • June 28, 2017
    Camping looked close, we didn't stay. Hiking looked great, we only did a short one as the bugs were out in full force. Would give it a 4 if the bugs weren't terrible.
  • June 27, 2017
    Very nice park. Clean restrooms. Very reasonably nice showers. Not great, but very good.
  • June 4, 2017
    Hiked and camped. Quiet campground. Hike has beautiful views along the Lake Superior Coastline.
  • June 3, 2017
    Absolutely beautiful state park! Tons of cool spots. Definitely a site to see.
  • June 10, 2017
    The trails and views of Lake Superior are worth a 5 star. I've never camped at the State Park but it seems well layed out for State Park Camping.

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