Madeline Island and the Bayfield Peninsula earned high praise from readers of Lake Superior Magazine in its 2015 Best of the Lake Honors.
Best Weekend Destination: Madeline Island
Best Beach: Big Bay Town Park, Madeline Island
Best Campground: Big Bay Town Park and
Big Bay State Park, Madeline Island
Best Scenic Overlook: Big Bay State Park, Madeline Island
and Bayfield waterfront
Best Park: Big Bay State Park, Madeline Island
and Apostle Islands National Lakeshore, Bayfield
Best Gift Shop: Madeline Island Candles, La Pointe and
Keeper of the Light, Bayfield
Best Place for Local Music: Tom’s Burned Down Café, Madeline Island
and Lake Superior Big Top Chautauqua, Bayfield
Madeline Island Ferry Line provides passenger, bicycle and car transportation between the picturesque towns of LaPointe and Bayfield.The 25-minute trip provides spectacular views of the Lake itself and several of the 22 Apostle Islands. Feel yourself being carried away!
Begin your voyage to the Island by stopping in the Madeline Island Information Station across from the ferry landing in Bayfield. It is a treasure trove of visitor information, promoting Island attractions and businesses. The displays in the Information Station highlight Island artistry, museums, lodging, parks, restaurants, and shops. A visit here will prepare you for all there is to see and do while you’re on the Island, and get you set for the ferry trip!
Madeline Island is often called the spiritual home of the Ojibwe people, who have lived here since hundreds of years before the first arrival of European fur traders and missionaries. The Ojibwe name for the island is Mooningwanekaaning, which means home of the golden breasted woodpecker. Visitors to Madeline Island are now able to learn a few words of the Ojibwe language through bilingual Anishinabe and English way-finding signs. Click here for information on the Madeline Island Bilingual sign project.