Madeline Island...Naturally !
Though Madeline Island is small in size, it’s charm and abundant natural beauty make it the perfect spot for the vacationer who wants to get away from it all. Walk along beautiful wooded trails and focus your camera lens on breathtaking views. Bask in the relaxing beauty of our clean, sandy beaches, browse through gift shops, picnic, bike, swim or discover fascinating relics of our past in the historical museum. Visit the other 21 Apostle Islands, or our 12 miles of mainland Lake Superior shoreline, featuring spectacular sea caves, old-growth forests, bald eagles and black bears, and the largest collection of lighthouses anywhere in the National Park System. Great sailing, boating, kayaking, and hiking.
The area offers some of the best fishing and sailing to be found. You could also try your hand at a game of tennis or a round of golf. Restaurants ranging from casual to gourmet cuisine are available to our Island visitors. And for Madeline Island's overnight guests, there is a wide variety of accommodations available including Bed & Breakfasts, condominiums, rental cottages, motels or camp under the stars at the Big Bay State Park or Town Park.
To reach Madeline Island, board one of the four steel-hulled car/passenger ferries that ply the waters between Bayfield, Wisconsin and the Island. It is a 20-minute, 2.6-mile trip over crystalline waters to the Town of LaPointe, on Madeline's southern shore. Not only is the ferry ride necessary to reach the island, it is a great scenic cruise on Lake Superior! During mid-summer days, the ferries run every half hour. Check the schedule for early morning, evening, and off-season hours of operation. Ferries typically operate from March to mid-January depending on weather conditions.
An oasis of relaxation...enjoy an intriguing glimpse of the past, as well as a renewal of spirit when visiting our special Island. Spring and Fall offer the beauty of the Island in bloom or in all its glorious color. A more sedate time for a truly relaxing vacation. For a unique and interesting change of pace, visit Madeline Island during the winter season. Try some cross-country skiing, ice skating, snowshoeing, ice fishing and snowmobiling. Relax by the fire and read a good book. This is a true retreat from whatever ails you.