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 4 miles to the park. Paved parking lot.


  • On Water
  • Disabled Access

Campground Type

  • Backpack

Publicly Owned

  • Yes

Number of Campsites

  • 60

Showers and Flush Toilets

  • Yes

Dumping Station

  • Yes

Trail Length (miles)

  • 10

Cross-Country Skiing/Snowshoeing Trail Type

  • Flat
  • Open
  • Wooded


  • Yes

Camping Hook-ups

  • Electric

Natural Attractions Type

  • Beaches
  • Parks, Forests, Trails

Adaptive Equipment Available

  • Yes