Big Bay State Park

Located on Madeline Island, the largest of 22 Apostle Islands, this 2,350-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. 4 miles of Lake Superior shoreline and 1.5 miles of sandy beach. Mile long boardwalk, drinking fountain, viewing platform. 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
  • Camping

Dumping Station

  • Yes

Publicly Owned

  • Yes

Number of Campsites

  • 60


  • Yes

Natural Attractions Type

  • Beaches
  • Parks, Forests, Trails

Camping Hook-ups

  • Electric

Campground Type

  • RV
  • Tent
  • Trailer

Adaptive Equipment Available

  • Yes

Showers and Flush Toilets

  • Yes

Trail Length (miles)

  • 10

Cross-Country Skiing/Snowshoeing Trail Type

  • Flat
  • Open
  • Wooded


  • Yes