Madeline Island ~ So Close, & Yet, A World Away…

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The April 2009 Better Homes and Gardens Travel section highlighted Madeline Island Ferry Line and the great lakes by saying

“There’s no better way to explore these mighty water-ways than from the decks of ferryboats.”

Located at the gateway to the Apostle Islands on the south shore of Lake Superior in Northern Wisconsin, Madeline Island Ferry Line provides daily passenger, bicycle and car transportation between the picturesque towns of LaPointe and Bayfield. The 25-minute trip provides spectacular views of the Lake itself and several of the 22 Apostle Islands. Feel yourself being carried away!

Begin your voyage to the Island by stopping in the Madeline Island Information Station across from the ferry landing in Bayfield. It is a treasure trove of visitor information, promoting Island attractions and businesses. The displays in the Information Station highlight Island artistry, museums, lodging, parks, restaurants, and shops. A visit here will prepare you for all there is to see and do while you’re on the Island, and get you set for the ferry trip!

Madeline Island is often called the spiritual home of the Ojibwe people, who have lived here since hundreds of years before the first arrival of European fur traders and missionaries. The Ojibwe name for the island is Mooningwanekaaning, which means home of the golden breasted woodpecker.  Visitors to Madeline Island are now able to learn a few words of the Ojibwe language through bilingual Anishinabe and English way-finding signs. Click here for information on the Madeline Island Bilingual sign project.

Check out Madeline Magic for the inside story on things to do, art and culture.

Madeline Island Chamber of Commerce
Bayfield Chamber of Commerce & Visitor Bureau
Ashland Area Chamber of Commerce
Washburn Chamber of Commerce