La Pointe is located on Madeline Island, one of the Apostle Islands in Lake Superior. Visitors can travel to the island by way of a ferry boat from Bayfield, Wisconsin or the island airport. The Madeline Island Ferry crosses the bay on a 3-mile trip to Madeline Island. The Island is home to Big Bay State Park and the magnificent 2-mile Big Bay Beach, The Madeline Island Museum, a Robert Trent Jones Sr. designed golf course, fine dining, galleries, and shops.
Your child will always remember...
Madeline Island is synonymous with family memories and has been the chosen destination for generations of those looking for quality time "away from it" all to connect with nature and each other. The beauty of Lake Superior and her majestic surroundings provide the opportunity to leave city distractions behind. Your child will remember good conversations and shared silences in nature's wonderland and the refreshing water and sandcastles on a summer day that feels like it will never end. They'll learn about our country's history and the rich legacy of the Native Americans who first called Madeline Island home. Add the adventure of the ferry excursion and the stars that hang from the sky like ornaments and the treasured memory is one that will be remembered with a smile.
Explore your creative side
Some say there is a magnetic quality about Madeline Island that draws (no art pun intended) creative souls to her shores. Whether attending the renowned Madeline Island School of the Arts for a week-long workshop with internationally acclaimed instructors, taking in a musical performance by The Madeline Island Music Camp students, or just enjoying the myriad of local troubadours playing at Tom's Burned Down Cafe, you'll find opportunities to revive your creative side. For shoppers, there are also galleries with handmade one-of-a kind fine arts and crafts.
You'll know you're here when...
You pull your car onto the ferry and chug away from the mainland. Climbing the ladder to the top of the ferryboat will bring sailboats and the Apostle Islands into view and you'll exhale a little sigh. Breathe in the clean, fresh air and see your Madeline Island destination come closer. Time for your adventure to begin!
Find fun here...
There's outdoor fun to be had - kayak, canoe, bike, paddle board, hike picturesque trails, swim, and beachcomb. There's foodie fun to be tasted - local delicacies with a side of sunset views or sandwiches on the beach. There's educational fun - with historical sites and museums to bring an extra element of adventure to the knowledge acquired. Then there's just plain old F-U-N! - the kind that comes with setting foot on an island, running your toes in the sand, relaxing and letting the laughter ring!
Must see attractions:
In the Town of La Pointe, make sure to visit the Madeline Island Historic Museum and the Madeline Island Historical Preservation Association site. Stroll Main Street where you'll find artist co-ops, galleries and of course, make sure to see Tom's Burned Down Cafe and read the signs. Bring your car to travel the seven miles to the parks (or plan to rent a bike or moped) where you'll appreciate one of the finest beaches anywhere that runs between Big Bay State Park and Big Pay Town Park.