May Events & Happenings

 May 1:  Bell Street Gallery opens for its 10th season!

May 7:  “Mugs for Moms” Mother’s Day Sale @ Bell Street Gallery

May 11 – June 10: Bayfield in Bloom Admire over 50,000 blooming daffodils during this month long celebration of spring!

May 11: WPR Live Broadcast & Garden Expo @ Bayfield Lakeside Pavilion, 9:30am to 1pm

May 16 – 20:  La Pointe Elementary Kids Art Show @ La Pointe Center Art Gallery

May 17:   La Pointe Elementary Kids Art Show Reception  @ La Pointe Center Art Gallery, 4 to 7pm

May 19: Madeline Island Marathon & Half Marathon, 8:30am (Start/Finish @ Joni’s Beach)

May 19: Live music with Ric Gillman @ Bell Street Gallery ARTBAR, 4 to 7pm

May 21 – June 10: Winter Works Community Show @ La Pointe Center Art Gallery

May 22: Painting demo with Steven John McHugh @ Bell Street Gallery, 1 to 4pm

May 26: Live Music with Ric Gillman 1 to 4pm + TBA 5-8pm + Madeline Island Film Festival 2017 Shorts Movies, 9 to 10:30pm @ Bell Street Gallery ARTBAR

May 26: Winter Works Exhibit Reception @ La Pointe Center Art Gallery, 4 to 7pm

May 27: Live music with Gingie Ward & Jim Kasperson, 12 to 2pm +  The Sixes” 2 to 5pm
+  Barefoot Wonders,  5:30 to  8:30pm @ Bell Street Gallery ARTBAR

May 27: 30th Annual La Pointe Center Wine Tasting & Auction @ The Pub, 2 to 5pm. Proceeds benefit the La Pointe Center for Arts.

May 28: Madeline Island Association Fundraising Breakfast @ Cafe Seiche, 8 to 10am. Proceeds benefit the Island Association Scholarship Fund.

May 28: Memorial Bay Dockside Ceremony @ Town Dock, 10:30am

May 28: Memorial Day Veteran’s Bay Celebration & Mural Dedication @ Madeline Island Heritage Center, 11am

May 29: Painting demo with Steven John McHugh @ Bell Street Gallery, 1 to 4pm

For more information on area and Madeline Island events:
Ashland Area Chamber of Commerce
Bayfield Chamber of Commerce & Visitor’s Bureau
Madeline Island Chamber of Commerce
Washburn Chamber of Commerce

Ferry Schedule Update

Ice and weather conditions are impacting the operation of the Madeline Island Ferry Line. Shifting ice can cause trip delays or cancellations. When the ice moves the ferry cannot safely operate.

Schedule Update (Effective April 9, 2018): The 3pm trip to Madeline Island and 3:30pm trip to Bayfield are cancelled until ice conditions improve.





If you are planning a trip to the Island, it is advisable to check for updates on ferry operations before you come and while you are staying on the Island. If you have questions about ferry service please call the Madeline Island Ferry Line office at 715-747-2051. 


2018 Apostle Islands In-Line Skate Marathon

JUNE 16, 2018– The 9th annual Apostle Islands Inline Skate Marathon on Madeline Island.

If gliding along smooth pavement through scenic woodlands offering breathtaking views of Lake Superior sounds like your idea of skating heaven, the Apostle Islands Inline skate marathon is the perfect event for you.

This unique inline race has something for every skating enthusiast and skill level, including a full marathon, a little more than a half marathon and fun race. The 8.7 mile looped course features a combination of flats, curves, straightaways and two hairpin turns on Lake Superior island of Madeline island. This is an exciting event for both spectators and participants. For more details and registration information go to

Get Away to Relaxing Madeline Island

golfIf 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.

20  Washington Avenue
Bayfield, WI 54850 (ferry landing on mainland)