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.
Many Apostle Islands tourist attractions will bring you to the Bayfield Peninsula in both summer and winter. In the summer you can enjoy the many water sports that are available. You may like to kayak; kayak tours as well as kayak lessons can be found in Bayfield, Wisconsin and nearby Madeline Island also. Charter fishing and sailing boats may also be rented in both locations. If it’s nature you’re interested in, Madeline Island boasts both Big Bay State Park and Big Bay Town Park. Both offer scenic views of Lake Superior as well as beach and rock formations. Bikes and mopeds, available for rental on Madeline Island will get you there. The Apostle Islands National Lakeshore Park is headquartered in Bayfield; several water taxi services can get you there, but you should check with the park headquarters before you go. Bayfield also has an Island cruise service. Madeline Island is accessible by the Madeline Island Ferry. The dock is easy to find in Bayfield, and the ferry runs every half hour in the summer time. If it’s winter activities you seek, you’ll want to see the Apostle Islands ice caves (access is weather permitting). The ice forms beautiful stalactites. Dog sledding, snowmobiling, ice fishing and skiing are just a few of the Apostle Islands tourist attractions awaiting you in northern Wisconsin.