Big Bay State Park

Located on Madeline Island, the largest of 22 Apostle Islands, this 2,418-acre park sports rugged wooded cliffs with dramatic views of Lake Superior. It contains a State Natural Area that is open for use by the public. Habitats include bogs, barrier beach, boreal forest and old growth hemlock. 1.5 miles of Lake Superior shoreline. Mile long boardwalk, drinking fountain, viewing platform, visitors center, gift shop. Has adaptive equipment available for people with mobility impairment including beach wheelchair.

Hours of Operation



On Madeline Island in Lake Superior. Take car ferry from Bayfield to La Pointe on Madeline Island. Follow signs 7 miles to the park. Paved parking lot.


  • On Water
  • Disabled Access

Showers and Flush Toilets

  • Yes

Campground Type

  • Backpack

Number of Campsites

  • 60


  • Yes

Trail Length (miles)

  • 10

Camping Hook-ups

  • Electric

Natural Attractions Type

  • Beaches
  • Parks, Forests, Trails

Publicly Owned

  • Yes

Dumping Station

  • Yes

Adaptive Equipment Available

  • Yes

Cross-Country Skiing/Snowshoeing Trail Type

  • Groomed
  • Flat
  • Open
  • Wooded


  • Yes