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Big Bay State Park, Apostle Islands

4.6
#26 of 56 in Nature in Wisconsin
State Park Nature / Park
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
  • Even though it was damp and drizzling we enjoyed hiking over . the caves to the point and along the bay. There is a cost of I believe $9 maybe $11. I forgot to ask if there was a senior rate. The wave...  more »
  • We took a one hour stay in Big Bay State Park for 5$. 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 »
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  • 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.
  • Very nice park. Clean restrooms. Very reasonably nice showers. Not great, but very good.
  • Hiked and camped. Quiet campground. Hike has beautiful views along the Lake Superior Coastline.
  • Absolutely beautiful state park! Tons of cool spots. Definitely a site to see.
  • 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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