Big Bay State Park, Apostle Islands
Categories: State Parks, Nature & Parks
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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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... read 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... read 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... read more »
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.
Great views, went in early June and the weather was warm but not too hot - hardly any other people around. If you bike there like we did, make sure you bring bike locks so you can actually leave your bikes unattended while you hike or go to the beach!
Very peaceful with beautiful hiking trails and views of the rocky coast. Has a 1.5 mile long beach for swimming. Offers camping as well as two spectacular picnic areas.
Beautiful park! One of our favorite places to camp. Big Bay beach is beautiful!
Just beautiful and very peaceful. Amazing rock formations.
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