February 8, 2017 (Wednesday): MIFL is anticipating normal ferry operations will continue for the remainder of the winter. Please be aware that changing ice and weather conditions may require temporary schedule reductions.
If you are planning a trip to the Island, it is advisable to check for alerts about possible trip cancellations before you come and while you are staying on the Island.
Click here for schedule updates due to weather and ice conditions. For more information call MIFL at 715-747-2051. The MIFL office is open Monday thru Friday, 8am to 4:30pm.
Wondering about the weather or what is happening on Madeline Island? Click here for a live webcam feed looking west from atop the Beach Club on Madeline Island.
Celebrating Winter, Ice, Snow & Cabin Fever
Release your cabin fever and have crazy winter fun while taking part in this fundraising weekend in Bayfield. Proceeds benefit the Bayfield Area Recreation Center and Mt. Ashwabay Ski and Recreation Area. Activities are scheduled all weekend long to provide a variety of ways for kids of all ages to participate in this exciting winter event.
Click here for a complete schedule of activities and times or call (715) 779-5408 for more information. Please note all events are subject to change and weather dependent.
A Madeline Island map will show you that there are many spots to visit on the Island by car or bike. Gorgeous sand beaches stretch a mile or so from Big Bay State Park to the Town Park, but that’s not the only beach on the island. There’s Joni’s beach close to town. The beach that joins the parks is a barrier beach, one of few in the United States. Behind the barrier beach is a lagoon which is home to countless types of wildlife, and you can take a walk on the board walk that goes through the lagoon. Various signs along the way will explain what you are seeing. For a closer experience with nature, you can even camp in either of these parks (Big Bay Town Park or Big Bay State Park). For Mother Nature at her majestic best, you can get a view of other islands and Michigan from the lookout at Big Bay Point. Watch the waves as they crash up on the boulders there and imagine what thousands of years of weathering have done to them. Short hiking trails wind along the shoreline, and frequently you can see eagles soar above the pine trees. Various wetlands have been preserved in their natural state through the Madeline Island Wilderness Preserve. You can hike longer trails through these wetlands. At the end of your day in the wild, relax and have a soak in a hot tub-many of the island’s accommodations have them-or watch a pink and blue sunset give way to a starry night on the lake. Most bars and restaurants have outdoor seating for you to enjoy.
If you’re looking for a unique vacation experience, Madeline Island Wisconsin has it all. From water sports-fishing, sailing, swimming, kayaking-to hiking, camping, or just sitting on the beach, this quiet island in Lake Superior will give you the peace and quiet you’ve been looking for. From the moment you drive onto the ferry, you know that this vacation will be different. You feel the stress slipping away as you make the two mile trip across the lake to the island. The Island is an easy drive from Chicago, Madison or Minneapolis, and the Madeline Island Chamber of Commerce can provide you with all the information you need to plan your trip. The island is only 42 square miles so come and explore the hiking trails and beaches; visit the state park and see ancient rock formations and wildlife viewing areas. Madeline Island is a great place to show your kids nature and wildlife as it was intended to be. All kinds of rental equipment are available on the Island. You can rent bikes and mopeds, canoes or stand up paddle boards by the hour or by the day. You can take a guided kayak or arrange for boat tour. Boats are available for charter with captains and bare boat. Camping is certainly an option, but you can also rent a cabin or condo. And, of course, because the Island is small, you are never far from the water! So plan your vacation to this idyllic spot where summer temperatures are moderate and the air is clean and healthy.
1 Washington Avenue
Bayfield, WI 54850 (ferry landing on mainland)