Bayfield & Madeline Island
With scenic overlooks, rich heritage and events at each corner, Bayfield is a Wisconsin gem with endless adventure. This charming small town is a gateway to the Apostle Island National Lakeshore, and its lively atmosphere translates into a one-of-a-kind experience.
Ferry to Madeline Island
Catch views of Lake Superior’s blue waves on a 20-minute ferry ride from Bayfield to Madeline Island, the largest of the Apostle Islands. Immerse yourself in unique cultures on Madeline Island by visiting a local art gallery, perusing through antique stores or wandering in a 19th-century lighthouse. Madeline Island is home to the Bayfield Maritime and Heritage museums where you can explore historic artifacts, learn about shipwrecks and take in unique stories of Madeline Island’s history. During every season, the island hosts events to look forward to. Some of our favorites include the Bayfield Race, Chatyaqua Tent Shows, Bayfield’s Apple Fest and the Apostle Islands Sled Dog Race.
Mainland Adventures in Bayfield
Cycling is the most popular form of transportation here, with over 20 cycling routes in Ashland and Bayfield counties. Bluffs, cliffs and other greenery are sights to explore by bike with Big Bay State Park being a classic stop. And you’re sure to get your fair share of savory fudge and other sweets with countless bakeries and ice cream shops. As you ride along, you may encounter bald eagles and falcons. In the clear water, you may discover trout and salmon in this commercial fishing town. Feel free to sit back and cast a line through Lake Superior’s iridescent waters or take a kayaking tour for an up-close view of the colorful red sea caves. This adventure takes you through some of the best kayaking spots in the world.
Whether you’re just taking in in the view, learning about the island’s rich culture or celebrating a new event, make the most of each and every moment here — a perfect destination for everyone.
Pay a visit to a local farmers market or farm and discover more than fresh cheese and a herd of cows. Our lush lands produce fruits, like cranberries, apples and cherries, and popular vegetables, including snap beans, carrots, corn and…
Only 70 miles long, it may sound like a quick trip, but with plenty of must-see stops along the way, you and your family or friends may spend all day — or a couple — on the road.