Madeline Island earned high praise from readers of Lake Superior Magazine in its 2016 Best of the Lake Honors.
Best Resort/Hotel/Motel &
Best Romantic Getaway: The Inn on Madeline Island
Best Restaurant/Café &
Best Breakfast: Farmhouse on Madeline Island
Best Rock/Agate Picking: Big Bay
Best Spot to Watch a Sunrise/Sunset &
Best Place to View the Northern Lights: Madeline Island
Best Shopping District: Madeline Island
Best Store: Madeline Island Candles
Best Bird/Wildlife Watching: Madeline Island
Best Festival: The 4th of July on Madeline Island
Best Supper Club: The Pub Restaurant & Wine Bar
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. 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.