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COVID-19 Travel Advisory for Ashland County. Madeline Island is located in Ashland County. If you have already traveled here or are returning home to Ashland County after traveling or vacationing elsewhere, you must self-quarantine for fourteen days in order to stop potential community spread.
Madeline Island Ferry Line provides 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.
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. They lived in the area 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.