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.Put Big Bay State Park into our Apostle Islands vacation builder and find out what's close by, where to stay, and where to head next.
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Robby G C
We took a one hour stay in Big Bay State Park for 5$. We first turned right. We saw some rocks on Lake Superior, but no sea caves. So went back to the left. Once near the shore we realized this is whe... more »
I went in August 2016, along with my two nephews who have never seen Lake Superior. They were amazed and loved the trail that ran along the rocky cliffs. We saw people jumping in the water (not at the... more »
We walked many of the trails in the park. The walk along the shoreline was great. There are picnic areas along the way. Out coves along the shore are very nice with the water splashing on the rocks. T... more »
This place was so beautiful this year in mid October. The leaves were turning and the weather was perfect for camping. The campground was pretty empty but it was a nice place.
Nicole St. Aubin
I really enjoyed our time at Big Bay State Park! It is a beautiful (although small) park with great hiking trails. The only negative was that the ferry ride over was so expensive! We paid over $50 for a car with two people just to visit Madeline Island for the day.
Beautiful park on a beautiful island. The park is clean, scenic, has great hiking trails. The Rangers on site are very friendly and helpful, they clearly love what they do. Would highly recommend you check it out once in your life.
Beautiful park! One of our favorite places to camp. Big Bay beach is beautiful!
Extremely unique state park and campground. If you go in the winter, it is amazing driving across the frozen bay, if not a bit nerve racking.
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