Madeline Island Adventures - Wisconsin's Hidden Gems

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Madeline Island is one of the Apostle Islands in Lake Superior. Visitors can travel to the island by way of a ferry boat from Bayfield, Wisconsin. Plan your trip at TravelWisconsin.com, and #TravelWI your adventures once you're there. At 14 miles long and three miles wide, Madeline Island is the largest of the 22 islands that make up the Apostle Islands archipelago in Lake Superior.

To reach the island, vacationers board the Madeline Island Car Ferry at Bayfield to make the 25-minute ride to paradise or take a water taxi. While on the island, check out the Madeline Island Museum. This state historic site is made up of four log structures including the only remaining building of the American Fur Company built in 1835. There’s also a free one-hour Madeline Island Walking Tour with locals acting as guides and serving up tidbits on the history of the island.

For boat and guided sea kayak tours, check out Adventure Vacations and Living Adventure. This is your chance to explore sea caves, snorkel over a century-old shipwreck and tour the historic lighthouses. Sailing charters are also popular. Dreamcatcher Sailing offers a complete hands-on sailing experience, whether you’re experienced or a novice. End the day at Madeline Island Yoga Retreats, an all-inclusive women’s retreat center that uses yoga and meditation to make the whole mind/body/spirit connection.

When you’re ready to call it a night, consider your options. There are two campgrounds on the island – Big Bay State Park with 60 sites, and Big Bay Town Park with 36 sites. There’s also the Inn on Madeline Island, a conglomeration of properties including rental homes, cottages, condominiums and hotel rooms. More information can be found at the Madeline Island Chamber of Commerce.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. Let the magic of Lake Superior and the Apostle Islands weave its spell! The Pub Restaurant & Wine Bar in La Pointe on Madeline Island offers premier lakeside dining, featuring regional Lake Superior trout and whitefish, seafodd, steaks and stone hearth pizzas. Casual poolside bar and beachfront patio offering full wine and beer list and cocktails.